G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
12th NEW HAMPHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 9/1/62 Concord, NH
Mustered Out: 6/21/65 Richmond, VA
"The New Hampshire Mountaineers." sprang into existence in about three days. It served three months short of three years in the armies of The Potomac and The James. On 5/2/63 at Chancellorsville, VA the regiment, being the lat of the Third Corps to retreat, left nearly all its officers and more than half its men dead or wounded on the field.
On 11/17/64 during the battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA the unit’s casualties were 10 wounded and 120 captured/missing. With the loss of more than one third of its members either killed or wounded the history of the 12th was one of valor and sacrifice unsurpassed, if equaled, by any other infantry regiment in the Union Army.
Residence: New Hampton, NH Age: 23 yrs.
Enlisted on: 8/12/62 Rank: Private.
Mustered In: 9/5/62 Co. E
Listed as: POW 11/17/64 Bermuda Hundred, VA Paroled).
Highest Rank: Cpl 2/4/64
John Prescott was born 1-20-1839 in New Hampton, NH and was next to youngest of four daughters and two sons born to Perrin Prescott and Susanna Sanborn. After the war he resided in Princeton, MN.
When he moved to the Puget Sound area his occupation was listed as “farmer.” He had been in Snohomish, WA approximately 10 years when he died on 8/21/1911 at the age of 72. Mr. Prescott was survived by his wife and four children.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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