Today we move back east for the summaries – New Hampshire and New Jersey. In contrast to the messy Missouri entries, with gaps and questions to address, those lines for New Hampshire and New Jersey are relatively clean.
Between those two states, there were but three lines to consider. New Hampshire provided one field battery for service during the war. New Jersey would eventually provide five batteries, but as of December 1862 only two were in existence. The New Hampshire battery is referenced as “the 1st”. The New Jersey batteries are mentioned as both lettered and numbered batteries. I’ll conform to the convention used in the summary statement here – lettered batteries.
Three easy entry lines to consult:
All batteries supporting the Army of the Potomac:
- 1st Battery New Hampshire Light Artillery: At Potomac Creek, Virginia with four 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Lieutenant Frederick M. Edgell’s battery supported First Division, First Corps.
- Battery A, New Jersey Light Artillery: At White Oak Church, Virginia with six 10-pdr Parrott rifles. Captain William Hexamer’s battery was, same as the New Jersey Brigade, part of First Division, Sixth Corps.
- Battery B, New Jersey Light Artillery: At Falmouth, Virginia with six 10-pdr Parrott Rifles. Commanded by Captain A. Judson Clark, Battery B supported Third Corps.
Rifles… rifled guns. And we see empty columns on the smoothbore ammunition section:
Somewhat interesting breakdown for the rifled projectiles. First section of those columns listed Hotchkiss patent projectiles:
For the New Hampshire battery, and them only, we see 3-inch Hotchkiss types – 90 canister, 182 percussion shell, 228 fuse shell, and 340 bullet shell.
Now over to the Parrott and first half of the Schenkl patent columns:
Only the New Jersey batteries reported quantities on this side of the line:
- Battery A: 10-pdr Parrott patent – 410 shell, 360 case, and 134 canister. Also 70 10-pdr Parrott shot, made to Schenkl’s patent.
- Battery B: 10-pdr Parrott patent – 530 shell, 340 case, and 146 canister.
Looking across to the other Schenkl columns:
- New Hampshire Battery: 70 Schenkl shells for 3-inch rifle.
- Battery A, New Jersey: 120 Schenkl shells for Parrott 10-pdr.
- Battery B, New Jersey: 160 Schenkl shells for Parrott 10-pdr.
We might raise an eye at the mix of Schenkl with the Hotchkiss and Parrott patent projectiles. But nothing out of the ordinary. Actually these three batteries seem to have a clean allocation compared to some we’ve seen.
Down to the small arms:
- New Hampshire: 39 Navy revolvers and 12 cavalry sabers.
- Battery A, New Jersey: 15 Army revolvers and 123 horse artillery sabers.
- Battery B, New Jersey: 18 Navy revolvers and 17 horse artillery sabers.
Not a lot of question marks or even remarks to add with respect to these three batteries.
Next up… a lot of New York batteries!