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Muster In: Organized at Keene and mustered in November 27, 1861.1
Muster Out: Mustered out July 17, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Major Phineas P. Bixby
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Captain Robert L. Ela
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Captain Samuel G. Goodwin
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | IX Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | IX Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army7,8

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | IX Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army11,12

  • Commander:
    • Major Phineas P. Bixby (at least July 14, 1864)(wounded severely July 14, 1864)13
    • Captain Robert L. Ela (took command July 14, 1864)14
    • Captain Samuel G. Goodwin (July 31, 1864)15
  • Unit Strength: ~300 officers and men PFD (July 14, 1864)16
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | IX Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army17,18

  • Commander: Captain Samuel G. Goodwin (August 31, 1864)19
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | Second Division | IX Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20,21

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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles22:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-19.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864.
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
  • Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2.
  • Hatcher’s Run October 27-28.
  • Garrison of Fort Alexander Hays until April, 1865.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assaults on and fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Occupation of Petersburg April 3.
  • Pursuit of Lee to Burkesville April 3-9.

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 229
    4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 549
    5. Our Army Correspondence.” New Hampshire Sentinel. June 30, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “Early on the morning of the 17th our Division charged the rebel works with complete success, taking two regiments of infantry with 18 commissioned officers, and four pieces of cannon.  Maj. P. P. Bixby, commanding the 6th N. H., was slightly wounded in the chest, being knocked down by a spent ball.  It only relieved him from duty for a few hours, for he is in command again to-day. ”
    6. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 6th New Hampshire Entry, Page 104; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 229
    8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 549
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 549
    10. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 6th New Hampshire Entry, Page 104; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 260
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 734
    13. Letters from Petersburg.” New Hampshire Sentinel. July 21, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “Our regiment for a few days has been at work building a large fort wherein are to be placed some large mortars.  As they were being relieved this morning, and were passing out, our Major (who was in command) Phineas P. Bixby, was wounded severely in the shoulder, but no bones were broken.  It is a bad wound and will lay him up for some months.  He obtained a leave of absence for sixty days and starts for New Hampshire to-morrow.”
    14. Letters from Petersburg.” New Hampshire Sentinel. July 21, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “Capt. Robert L. Ela is now in command of the regiment.”
    15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 734
    16. Letters from Petersburg.” New Hampshire Sentinel. July 21, 1864, p. ? col. ?: “It numbers some three hundred men for duty.”
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 617: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 126: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 617: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    20. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1301.
    21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), page 142: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (September-October 1864)”
    22. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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