A chronicle of Civil War service by Granite State soldiers in South Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania
Duane E. Shaffer tells the story of the thirty-five thousand New Hampshire soldiers —representing approximately 11 percent of the state's population—who were dispatched to serve the Union in seventeen infantry regiments, two cavalry regiments, three artillery batteries, and three companies of sharpshooters and as members of naval and marine units. Focusing on the day-to-day experiences of the common soldier and his reasons for taking up fight against the Confederacy, Shaffer has drawn together the experiences of all the state's regiments into this single, cohesive volume.
Shaffer's narrative follows the experiences of New Hampshire troops on bivouac duty and inland raids in South Carolina lowcountry as well as in major battles such as Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Battery Wagner. Shaffer also recounts his subjects' homecoming and cements understanding of their sacrifice.
Duane E. Shaffer is a cofounder of the Civil War Round Table of New Hampshire. A library director in the state of New Hampshire for twenty years, he is currently head of collection development for the Sanibel Public Library in Sanibel, Florida.
"Focusing primarily on the heroics and hardships of those in uniform, Shaffer has mined a sizable sampling of original diaries and letters to present the most ambitious single-volume account yet of all New Hampshire's Civil War soldiers, with a few sailors' tales thrown into the bargain."—William Marvel, author of Lincoln's Darkest Year: The War in 1862