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Chapter XXI

HOLLIS IN THE WAR OF 1812.--AND IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION.--HOLLIS
SOLDIERS IN THE WAR OF 1812.--SOLDIERS
FURNISHED FROM THE TOWN FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF THE
REBELLION.--REGIMENTS IN WHICH THEY ENLISTED.--DATE
OF ENLISTMENT, AND TIME OF SERVICE.--CASUALTIES, ETC.--SOLDIER'S
AID SOCIETY AND SOLDIER'S MONUMENT.--CAPT.
AMES.--LIEUT. WORCESTER.--LIEUT. FARLEY.

The Declaration of War by the United States against Great Britain in 1812 was not generally approved in New England, nor in this part of it was this war afterwards popular. Party feeling in respect to it was highly excited and violent, and but little was done in the first years of the war to favor voluntary enlistments. A decided majority of the voters in Hollis shared strongly in this common sentiment of disapproval. No special call is known to have been made upon the town for the regular army, either for drafted men or volunteers, and but few Hollis men are known to have enlisted in the regular service, and of those few it is now difficult to learn the names or number.

Capt. Jonathan B. Eastman, of Hollis, was at the time a Captain in the regular army and afterwards promoted to United States' Paymaster, and Capt. Levi Powers. a son of Samson Powers, was employed as a recruiting officer, and is said to have held a commission as captain in the army. In the report of the Adjutant-General for 1868, I find the names of Jacob Hobart and Benjamin Ranger, two Hollis soldiers, who enlisted in the regular army in 1812. Besides Hobart and Ranger, Abel Brown, William N. Lovejoy and Isaac Hardy are known to have been in the regular service. Lovejoy died of disease in the service, and Hardy, who was in the navy, was killed in the naval batttle on Lake Erie, fought under Com. Perry, September 10, 1813.

In the summer and early in the fall of 1814, a powerful British fleet was cruising along the north coast of New England, and an attack was apprehended upon Portsmouth. In consequence of this apprehension, Gov. Gilman issued a proclamation, calling for New Hampshire troops for the defence of that city, and a number of regiments of "Detached Militia," so called, was raised for this purpose--some for sixty and the rest for ninety days, and ordered to Portsmouth. The whole number of men assigned to Hollis not having been obtained by voluntary enlistment, a draft was ordered from the two Hollis militia companies to supply the deficiency. In view of this draft at a special town meeting held October 17, 1814, the town voted to "each of the soldiers who had been drafted $15 per month, including their Continental pay."

In the report of the Adjutant General for 1868, above referred to, I find the following names of Hollis men who went to Portsmouth, viz., William Emerson, who was an Ensign in the regiment of Lieut. Col. Foot, and Daniel Lawrence, Jun., and Phineas Cumings who served in a regiment of artillery. Besides the men above named I find in that report credited to Hollis, the names of Leonard Blood, Isaac Butterfield, John Butterfield, John Drew, Hezekiah Kendall and David Powers. It is also known that Ephraim Burge, Jun., and Nathaniel Hobart, names not found in that report, were also soldiers from Hollis for the defence of Portsmouth. Some of the men above named are known to have been volunteers, the rest of them were drafted, or were substitutes for drafted men.

SEVENTH NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT, ENLISTED FOR THREE YEARS.

This regiment was also enlisted and had its rendezvous at Manchester and was mustered into the United States service December 14, 1861, under Col. Haldimand S. Putnam, of Cornish. Col. Putnam was killed July 18, 1863, in the assault on Fort Wagner, and was succeeded in the command by Col. Joseph C. Abbott, of Manchester. The regiment left Manchester, for Florida, by the way of New York, January 14, 1862, and was in the service in Florida and South Carolina till April 1864, when it was ordered to Virginia.

While in the two former States, among other battles in which this regiment was engaged, it was present and lost heavily in the assault on Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863, and also at the bloody and disastrous battle at Olustee, Fla., February 20, 1864. After coming north it was present and engaged in many of the battles near Richmond, Va., and also in the capture of Fort Fisher, N. C. In company H of this regiment were forty-one Hollis soldiers, mustered in for three years, December 14, 1861, the survivors of whom not before discharged or re-enlisted, were mustered out at the expiration of their term, at Manchester, December 22, 1864. The names of these men are presented in the following list:

Ames, Nathan M. Commissioned Captain of Company H, December 14, 1861.
    Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Austin, Mark J. Promoted to Fifth Sergeant December 14, 1861. Mustered out
    December 22, 1864.
Ball, Henry. Accidentally killed himself at Beaufort, S. C., June 26, 1862.
Bartemus, George H. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Bills, John P. Killed at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Boynton, John F. Wounded at Olustee, Fla., February 20, 1864. Re-enlisted February
    28, 1864. Promoted to Corporal January 26, 1865. Promoted to Sergeant June 13,
    1865. Mustered out July 20, 1865.
Burge, Charles H. Discharged for disability at St. Augustine, Fla., January 4, 1863.
Burge, George A. Promoted to CoIporal May 25, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant
    December 9, 1863. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Coburn, John A. Promoted to Fourth Sergeant December 14, 1861. First Sergeant
    December, 28, 1863. Re-enlisted Veteran, February 28, 1864. Promoted to Captain
    Company E, December 12, 1864. Mustered out July 20, 1865.
Colburn, Edward S. Transferred to Invalid Corps, March 29, 1864.
Colburn, Josiah. Wounded at Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 20, 1864. Mustered out
    December 22, 1864.
Colburn, Daniel W. Promoted to Corporal December 14, 1861. Died of disease, at
    Hollis, February 28, 1862.
Day, Henry M. H. Promoted to Corporal December 14, 1861. Wounded at Olustee, Fla.
    February 20, 1864. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Duncklee, Ebenezer P. Discharged for disability, February, 1862.
Farley, Benjamin L. Discharged for disability at Fort Jefferson, Fla., June 26, 1862.
Farley, Charles H. Promoted to First Sergeant, December 14, 1861. Second Lieutenant
    June 30, 1862. First Lieutenant August 6, 1863. Wounded, mortally, at Olustee, Fla.,
    February 20, 1864.
Fletcher Charles H. Died of disease at Beaufort, S. C., August 10, 1862.
Hayden, Daniel W. Promoted to Corporal December 5, 1862. Wounded at Fort Wagner,
    July 18, 1863. Promoted to Sergeant February 3, 1864. Wounded at Olustee,
    February 20, 1864. Discharged for disability April 29, 1864.
Hayden, John W. Promoted to Corporal December 14, 1861. Died of disease at New
    York City, February 8, 1862.
Hayden, J. Newton. Wounded May 14, 1864. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Hills, Albert F. Wounded at Olustee, Fla., February 20, 1864. Mustered out December
    22, 1864.
Hills, Alfred F., Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Hobart, Jonathan B. Died of disease at Morris Island, S. C., August 23, 1863.
Hood, Frank P. Wounded at Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863. Discharged on account of
    wounds Nov. 25, 1863.
Howard, James C. Wounded at Fort Wagner July 18, 1863. Mustered out December 22,
    1864.
Howe, Norman R. Promoted to Corporal, December 14, 1861. Died of disease at
    Beaufort, S. C., Aug. 15, 1862.
Jaquith, George D. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Lovejoy, Francis. Promoted to 3d Sergeant December 14, 1861. To 2d Lieutenant,
    August 6, 1863. Honorably discharged April 28, 1864.
Lund, John. Discharged for disability at Fort Jefferson, Florida, June 26, 1862.
Lund, William. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, March 29, 1864. Mustered out
    December 22, 1864.
Price, Stephen H. Promoted to Corporal, Dec. 14, 1861. Re-enlisted Veteran, February
    28, 1864. Mustered out July 20, 1865.
Rideout, Charles G. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Smith, Freeman H. Discharged for disability at Fort Jefferson, July 20, 1862.
Spalding, Wm. F. Promoted to 1st Sergeant, December 14, 1861. To 1st Lieutenant,
    July 18, 1863, Company C. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Spalding, Winslow J. Promoted to Corporal October 10, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant.
    Captured at Fort Wagner July 18, 1863. Exchanged, January 21, 1864. Mustered out
    December 22, 1864.
Truell, Nathaniel L. Promoted to Corporal December 14, 1864. Mustered out December
22, 1864.
Worcester, Charles H. Promoted to Corporal December 14, 1861. To Sergeant,
    October 9, 1863. Wounded near Richmond, Virginia, October 1, 1864. Mustered out
    December 22, 1864.
Worcester, John H. Promoted to 2d Lieutenant, December 14, 1861. To 1st Lieutenant,
    June 30, 1862. Mortally wounded, July 18, 1863, at Fort Wagner. Died of wounds July
    26, 1863.
Worcester, William. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Wright, Ezra S. Mustered out December 22, 1864.
Wright, Nathaniel H. Died of disease at St. Augustine, Florida, November 27, 1862.

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