United States Regiments & Batteries > New Hampshire > Third New Hampshire Infantry Regiment

The Third New Hampshire Infantry Regiment lost 12 officers and 186 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 152 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

July-August The regiment was organized at Camp Berry in Concord, New Hampshire for three years service. The majority of the men were from New Hampshire, but 118 were from Massachusetts, 116 from Ireland, 81 from Vermont, 70 from Maine, and 31 from New York. Captain Michael Donohoe’s Company C was almost all made up of Irishmen.
August 23 The Third New Hampshire Infantry Regiment mustered in
September 3 Moved to Camp Winfield Scott, Long Island, New York.
September 18 To Washington, D.C.
October 4 Moved to Annapolis, Maryland.
October Attached to Viele’s Brigade, Sherman’s South Carolina Expeditionary Corps.
October 21-November 7 Expedition to Port Royal, S.C. Sailed on the Steamship Atlantic to Hiltom Head.
November 7 Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, South Carolina.
November Duty at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
March Affair at Hunting Island
March 7-11 Reconnaissance up Savannah River to Elba Island
March 20-24 Expedition to Bluffton
April Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Department of the South
April 5 Occupation of Edisto Island
April 10 Affair at Watts’ Court
April 14 Reconnaissance of Seabrook Island
April 17 Advance on Jehossie Island
April 18 Skirmish Edisto Island
April-May Duty at Edisto Island
June 1-28 Operations on James Island
June 8 Picket Affair
June 16

Battle of Secessionville

The regiment brought 26 officers and 597 men to the field. It suffered 104 casualties, including 27 men killed or mortally wounded.

June 28-July 7 Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head
July Duty at Hilton Head attached to District of Hilton Head, South Carolina, 10th Corps, Department of the South.
August 21

Affair at Pinckney Island

Company H with 48 men manned a post on the noth end of the island that was targeted by a Confederate raid. Seven men were killed and 36 captured.

October 21-23 Expedition up Broad River to Pocotaligo
October 22 Action at Caston’s and Frampton’s Plantations, Pocotaligo
February 16-
April 9
Movements against Charleston
April 23 Moved to Seabrook Island and attached to Guss’ Brigade, Seabrook Island, South Carolina, 10th Corps
June Attached to St. Helena Island. South Carolina.
July 3 To Folly Island, S.C. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Folly Island, South Carolina, 10th Corps
July 10

Assault on water batteries on Morris Island

The regiment lost 7 men killed and 21 wounded in the unsuccessful attack.

July 18

Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island

The regiment lost eight casualties in an attack led by Captain James F. Randlett.

July Siege operations on Morris Island against Forts Wagner and Gregg and against Fort Sumter and Charleston attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps
August Attached to 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps
September 7 Occupation of Forts Wagner and Gregg
March and April Veterans absent on furlough
April 1 Ordered to Florida and Regiment mounted. Attached to Light Brigade, District of Florida. Dept. of the South
April 3 Palatka
April 25-29 Moved to Gloucester Point, Va. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina. Veterans rejoined regiment from furlough.
May 4-28 Butler’s operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, Army of the James
May 5 Capture of City Point and Bermuda Hundred
May 6-7 Chester Station
May 9-10 Swift Creek
May 10 Chester Station
May 12-16 Operations against Fort Darling
May 14-16

Battle of Drury’s Bluff

The regiment lost 66 casualties.

May 16-31 Bermuda Hundred
June 2 and 14
Action at Bermuda Hundred
June 9 Petersburg
June 16-17 Port Walthal
June 16

Siege of Petersburg 

July 21 Deep Bottom
August 13-20 Demonstration north of the James
August 14-18

Deep Bottom (Strawberry Plains)

Lieutenant Colonel Josiah Plimpton was mortally wounded commanding the arrack.

August 23 Non-Veterans mustered out. Only 180 men of the original 1,000 were left in the ranks at the end of the regiment’s three year enlistment.
August 24-September 27 Duty in trenches before Petersburg
September 28-30

Chaffin’s Farm

October 1

Charles City Cross Roads

October 7

Darbytown Road

The regiment used their new Spencer repeating carbines for the first time, throwing back an attack by Bratton’s Confederate Brigade and inflicting heavy casualties.

October 13

Darbytown Road

October 27-28

Fair Oaks

October 31-November 2 Front of Richmond
November 2-17 Detached for duty at New York during Presidential Election.
November 17 Duty in front of Richmond
December Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps, Army of the James
January 3-15

Second Expedition to Fort Fisher, North Carolina

January 15

Assault and capture of Fort Fisher

January 19

Half Moon Battery

February 11

Sugar Loaf Battery

February 18

Fort Anderson

February 22 Capture of Wilmington
February 22

Smith’s Creek and North East Ferry

March Duty at Wilmington attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, Department of North Carolina
April Assigned to Abbott’s Detached Brigade, 10th Corps
June 3 At Goldsboro
July 25 The Third New Hampshire Infantry Regiment was mustered out