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

The Sixth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment lost 10 officers and 177 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 228 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

October The regiment was organized at Keene under the command of Colonel Nelson Converse and Lieutenant Colonel Simon G. Griffin
November 27 The Sixth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment mustered in
December 25 Left New Hampshire for Washington, D.C.
January 6-13 Expedition to Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. Attached to Williams’ 4th Brigade, North Carolina Expedition
March 2 Moved to Roanoke Island
March 8 Colonel Converse resigned, discharged for disability due to chronic diarrhea.
April 7-8 Expedition to Elizabeth City attached to Hawkins’ Brigade, Department of North Carolina
April 19

Battle of Camden, South Mills

April 22 Lieutenant Colonel Smon G. Griffin was promoted to colonel.
June 18-July 2 Expedition to New Berne
July 2-10 Moved to Newport News, Virginia and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac
August 2-7 Moved to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
August 16-September 2

Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 28

Battle of Groveton

August 29-30

Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas)

Captain Phineas P. Bixby was captured.

September 1

Battle of Chantilly


Maryland Campaign

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded b Colonel Smon G. Griffin.

From the War Department marker at Burnside’s Bridge:

At daylight of the 17th Nagle’s Brigade was about a half mile northeast of this point. It moved to the south and, at 10 A.M., was formed for assault on the bridge. The 2nd Maryland took position in the old lane 110 yards southeast of this point, and the remainder of the Brigade under cover of the hill and in rear of the 2nd Maryland. At 11 A.M. the 2nd Maryland, closely followed by the 6th New Hampshire, both moving by the flank, charged down the hill under a heavy fire of artillery and musketry. They passed through the opening in the fence at this point and reached within 250 feet of the bridge, when their advance was checked. Many of the men took shelter behind the fences and trees bordering the stream, and supported Ferrero’s Brigade in its successful assault. The Brigade then crossed the bridge, filed to the left, and occupied the high ground beyond. Late in the day it moved forward and co-operated in checking the advance of the right of A.P. Hill’s Division.

From the War Department marker along Branch Avenue:

The Brigade assisted in carrying the Burnside Bridge, and crossed it soon after 1 P.M. After the repulse of the three Divisions of Willcox, Scammon and Rodman later in the day Ferrero’s and Nagle’s Brigades advanced to the crest of the ridge about 420 yards east of this to check Confederate pursuit. The 48th Pennsylvania supported and relieved the 51st Pennsylvania, engaging the Confederates posted on this line and behind the stone walls right and left of this point. The engagement continued into the night, and the Regiment and Brigade bivouacked on the ground on which they had fought.

September Duty in Pleasant Valley, Md.
September 21 Captain Bixby was released from Libby Prison in Richmond and exchanged, returning to the regiment.
October 15 Captain Bixby was promoted to major.
October 27-November 19 Movement to Falmouth, Virginia.
November 10 Corbin’s Cross Roads, near Amissville
November 14 Sulphur Springs
December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

January 20-24

Burnside’s Second Campaign, “Mud March”

February 11 Moved to Newport News, Virginia
March 26-April 1 To Lexington, Kentucky. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Dept. of the Ohio
April 18 Moved to Winchester, then to Richmond, Kentucky.
May 3 To Paint Lick Creek
May 10 To Lancaster
June 3-14 Movement to Vicksburg, Miss.
June 14-July 4

Siege of Vicksburg

Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Tennessee

July 4-10 Advance on Jackson, Mississippi.
July 10-17

Siege of Jackson

July At Milldale
August 5-20 Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio then to Nicholasville, Kentucky.
September Provost duty at Nicholasville, Frankfort and Russellville. Attached to Bixby’s Brigade, District of North Central Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Department of the Ohio
October 25 Moved to Camp Nelson, Kentucky, and Provost duty there
January 16 Regiment’s veterans on furlough. Non-Veterans at Camp Nelson, Kentucky
March 10 Ordered to Annapolis, Md. and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac
April Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac
May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-21

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

May 12
Assault on the Salient at Spotsylvania Court House

Colonel Simon Griffin was promoted to brigadier general with rank to date from this day.

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

June 1-3 Bethesda Church
June 14-16

First Assault on Petersburg

Major Bixby was wounded in the left shoulder.

June 16

Siege of Petersburg

July 28 Major Bixby was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg

August 18-21

Weldon Railroad

September 29-October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October 27-28

Hatcher’s Run

November Garrison of Fort Alexander Hays


February 21 Lieutenant Colonel Bixby was promoted to colonel.
March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3 Occupation of Petersburg
April 3-9 Pursuit of Lee to Burkesville
April 20-27 Moved to Washington, D.C.
May Duty at Alexandria
May 23 Grand Review
July 17 The Sixth New Hampshire Infantry Regiment mustered out