Summary Statement, 3rd Quarter, 1863 – New Hampshire’s battery

In the summaries for the previous quarters, I’ve combined New Hampshire’s entries along with other states for brevity.  After all, there’s just one line to consider, and that is a very uncomplicated line.  We find that same entry line, for New Hampshire’s lone light battery for the third quarter, 1863:


And that line remained uncomplicated for the third quarter:

  • 1st Light Battery: Reporting at Culpeper, Virginia with four 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Captain Frederick M. Edgell remained in command.  And the battery remained with the Third Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac.

But there were a couple other artillery formations from New Hampshire in existence at the end of September.   Though neither would warrant mention on the summaries:

  • 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery Company: Not listed. On April 17, 1863, Charles H. Long received a captain’s commission and authority to recruit a heavy artillery company to man Fort Constitution, defending Portsmouth harbor.  The company formally mustered on July 22 of that year.
  • 2nd New Hampshire Heavy Artillery Company: Not listed.  Authorized in August 1863.  Captain Ira M. Barton appointed commander.  Mustered into service on September 17, 1863. This battery also garrisoned the defenses of Portsmouth, detailed to Fort McClary, on the Maine side of the harbor.

Eventually all three of these companies would be part of the same regiment – the First New Hampshire Heavy Artillery Regiment – in the fall of 1864.

So we return to focus on that one uncomplicated entry line, moving to the ammunition. No smoothbore ammunition to report so we move to the Hotchkiss page:


  • 1st Light Battery:  80 canister, 38 percussion shell, 209 fuse shell, and 182 bullet shell for 3-inch rifles.

No Dyer, James, or Parrott rounds to consider.  So we turn to the Schenkl:


  • 1st Light Battery: 163 shell and 125 case for 3-inch rifles.

And those were Schenkl rounds that Edgell spoke ill of in his Gettysburg report.

Turning to the small arms:


  • 1st Light Battery: Five army revolvers, eight navy revolvers, and thirteen cavalry sabers.

That wraps up the New Hampshire section.  We’ll move to another single line entry in the next installment – New Mexico!


Case Shot: Some news updates

Apparently Civil War Interactive’s daily news blog is on vacation.  So I’ll try to pick up some of the slack:

  • Lynchburg, VA – WSET-TV reports the Lynchburg Museum features a new Civil War exhibit, titled “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia“.  Featured exhibit, at least from my point of view, is a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle.
  • Portsmouth, NH – Restorations begin on the Soldier and Sailors monument in Portsmouth’s Goodwin Park.  Vandals caused about $10,000 in damage last winter.  The memorial “depicts Lady Liberty atop a column, with battles listed below, accompanied by a Union soldier and sailor.” …And we need to get an entry for it in HMDB!
  • Murphreesboro, TN – To all my Tennessee pals, Stones River Battlefield announces it’s sesquicentennial program, to include Forrest’s raid (this weekend) and the battle anniversary in December-January.   Good to see the NPS has a program focused on the Tullahoma Campaign next year.
  • Johnson, AR – Seems like just last week I was discussing the Civil War in Washington County, Arkansas… well there’s a new marker discussing the hard war waged in northwest Arkansas.  The state CW sesquicentennial committee continues their good work.
  • Jackson, MS – If he hasn’t already, I bet Greg Biggs is planning a trip to Jackson.   The 4th Mississippi Infantry and five other Civil War era flags go on display.  These are part of the state’s collection of 155 flags, and to be part of the state’s new museum.
  • Valpariso, IN – I see stories like this most every day – New Tombstones for Civil War Vets’ Graves.  Seems to me there’s an uptake of projects to fix up Civil War gravesites.
  • Vienna, VA – Hunter Mill Road, the most extensively interpreted roadway in Northern Virginia, adds even more markers!  While the markers highlight the Oakton Schoolhouse’s history, and are not directly related to the Civil War, as the article says the corridor saw considerable activity with the passing of both blue and gray.

Ok… back to regular programming.