Frock Coat of Sergeant Charles C. Paige – Co. I, 11th NH Infantry
Frock Coat of Sergeant Charles C. Paige – Co. I, 11th NH Infantry – This is a fine example of a Civil War officer’s frock coat, complete with all of its original, New Hampshire state seal, coat and cuff buttons. The coat has the following, Civil War period characteristics: interesting, less-encountered, hand-stitched, layover collar; brown polished cotton lined tail pockets; quilted and padded chest; off white, cotton / linen lined sleeves; un-hemmed skirts; wide “balloon” elbows; constructed of a indigo dyed, deep navy-colored, English broadcloth wool; hand whipped and corded button holes; hand-whipped, tie-down rank strap holes; an unusual branch of service, blue, narrow binding along the seams of the coat, throughout.
In the left sleeve lining, in the shoulder area, there is a linen tape tag, sewn in – on this tag is hand-inked “C / Paige”; in the sleeve lining of the right shoulder is inked, on the sleeve lining, “Sgt. C.C. Paige Co. I”. Paige enlisted in August of 1862, as a Sergeant, in Company I; he served with his unit until being severely wounded at the Battle of Bethesda Church, in June of 1864. He was awarded a commission after his wounding, as a First Lieutenant, but was unable to accept the commission due to the severity of his wound.
The coat remains in overall, excellent condition, with a pleasing, deep blue color, retaining, as well, all of its original, relatively rare, New Hampshire state seal buttons. This coat is a superior example of the coat of a hardened veteran, severely wounded towards the end of the war. The 11th New Hampshire saw significant combat in both the western and eastern theaters of the war, including: Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Knoxville, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, the Siege of Petersburg (including the Battle of the Crater) and the Battle of Hatcher’s Run.
In the early 1900s, Lieutenant C. C. Paige wrote a small book recounting his experiences during the war – “My Experiences in the Civil War”. This book, while quite rare, has been reprinted; we will supply a copy of the reprint to the purchaser of Paige’s coat. Two images of Paige, one just prior to his enlistment, and a second, depicting Paige in what appears to be a M1858 enlisted man’s, nine button frock coat, adorned with Paige’s sergeant’s chevrons, appear in this book. We have included an image of the original book and Paige’s period photos with this listing.
Charles C. Paige
|Residence Candia NH; 24 years old. Enlisted on 8/11/1862 as a Sergeant. On 9/2/1862 he mustered into “I” Co. NH 11th Infantry He was discharged on 8/23/1865 He was listed as: * Wounded 6/3/1864 Bethesda Church, VA (Severely)Promotions: * 1st Lieut 12/5/1864 (Not Mustered, unable to accept, wounded) Other Information: born in Weare, NH died in 1917 in Franklin, NH (Died at age 79 years) After the War he lived in Franklin Falls, NH
11th NH Infantry ( 3-years )
|Organized: Concord, NH on 9/1/62
Mustered Out: 6/4/65 at Alexandria, VAOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 5
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 140
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 151
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)
|Sep ’62||Oct ’62||Casey’s Provisional||Military District of Washington|
|Oct ’62||Mar ’63||2||2||9||Army of Potomac|
|Mar ’63||Jun ’63||2||2||9||Army and Dept of Ohio|
|Jun ’63||Aug ’63||2||2||9||Department of the Tennessee|
|Aug ’63||Apr ’64||2||2||9||Army and Dept of Ohio|
|Apr ’64||Jun ’65||2||2||9||Army of Potomac||Mustered Out|
NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.
|By LEANDER W. COGSWELL, late Captain Eleventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and Historian of the regiment. THE Eleventh New Hampshire Regiment of Volunteer Infantry was recruited in August,1862, under the call of President Abraham Lincoln of July, 1862, for 300,000 men for three years. The Field and Staff, consisting of Col. Walter Harriman, Maj. Moses N. Collins, Adjt. Charles R. Morrison, Q M. James F. Briggs, Surg. Jonathan S. Ross’ Asst. Surg. John A. Hayes’ Chaplain Frank A. Stratton’ were mustered into the service of the United States September 2, 1862, and on the 9th of the same month Moses N. Collins was mustered as lieutenant-colonel and Evarts W. Farr was mustered as major. The several companies of the regiment were mustered into the service from August 28 to September 3, 1862, and the officers of the companies received their commissions September 4, 1862. The regiment consisted of 1,006 officers and men. On Thursday, September 11, 1862, the regiment left Concord with orders to report to Major-General Wool at Baltimore, where it received orders to report to Brigadier-General Casey, at Washington, D. C., where it arrived on Sunday morning, September 14, remaining there two days; then ordered to Camp Chase on Arlington Heights, where it was brigaded with the Twenty-first Connecticut and the Thirty-seventh Massachusetts, Brigadier-General Briggs commanding. It remained here until September 28, following, when it marched back to Washington, thence by rail, October 1, to Sandy Hook, Md., and reported to General McClellan, and then marched up into Pleasant Valley and was brigaded with the Twenty-first and Thirty-fifth Massachusetts, Fifty-first New York, and Fifty-first Pennsylvania, Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero commanding. This was the Second Brigade of the Second Division of the Ninth Army Corps, in which brigade and division it remained during the war. October 27, following, the army commenced its march to Fredericksburg, Va., arriving at Falmouth November 19, and participated in the battle of Fredericksburg on the 13th of December, 1862. February 11, 1863, the regiment was moved to Newport News, Va., where it remained until March 26, following, when it proceeded by water to Baltimore, Md., thence by rail to Kentucky, reaching Covington March 31. The next day the regiment proceeded by rail to Paris, where it remained until April 17, and then marched to Winchester, where it went into camp and remained until May 4, when it moved to Paint Lick Creek, remaining a couple of days, then marched to Lancaster. May 23 it marched to Crab Orchard, and on the 25th to Stanford, where it remained until June 3, when it was ordered to Nicholasville, thence by rail to Cincinnati, and June 5 moving by rail to Cairo, Ill.; there taking transportation by water for Vicksburg, Miss., reaching Sherman’s Landing just above Vicksburg, June 14. The afternoon of the 16th the regiment sailed up the Mississippi and into the Yazoo river, camping at Milldale on the 17th, which place it fortified, remaining at this point three weeks; then marched to Oak Ridge, where it was employed in protecting the rear of Grant’s army then besieging Vicksburg. On the afternoon of July 4, 1864, Vicksburg having surrendered that morning, the regiment took up its line of march for Jackson, Miss., forming a line of battle two miles from the city on July 11. The regiment assisted in forcing the enemy from Jackson, entering the city July 17, being one of the first regiments in the city; then returned to Milldale July 23, remaining there until August 6, following, when it embarked for Cairo, thence by rail, reaching Cincinnati August 14; marched over to Covington the same day, camping there until August 26; thence by rail again to Nicholasville and to “ Camp Parke,” four miles beyond, remaining there until September 9, when it broke camp and marched to Crab Orchard, arriving at London, Ky. September 16. On Friday, October I5, 1863, the regiment commenced its march for Knoxville, Tenn., reaching there October 29, after a very hard march, during which it experienced some of the severe mountain storms of that region. It participated in the siege of Knoxville, which began November I7 and ended December 5. After the siege, the regiment assisted in the pursuit of Longstreet, in the mountains of East Tennessee, doing heavy and severe work in marching picketing, skirmishing, and fighting ; living upon the shortest rations, having many days but one ear of corn per day; with no new clothing for severe months, being the only New Hampshire regiment that participated in that arduous campaign. March 22, 1864, having sent the sick men and the baggage north, via Chattanooga and Nashville the regiment commenced its return march over the mountains, reaching ” Camp Parke ” April 1, 1864′ having marched 175 miles in eleven days, over the worst of roads, in the severest weather, carrying all their rations and equipment. The regiment passed through Cincinnati April 3, arriving at Annapolis, Md. April 7, there rejoining the Ninth Corps. April 23, the regiment broke camp at Annapolis and commenced its march for the front, passing through Washington on the 25th, at which time the Ninth Corps was reviewed by President Lincoln an Major-General Burnside, and on the 6th of May’ 1864, at 2 o’clock in the morning, the regiment formed a line of battle in the Wilderness. From this time until the war ended, the regiment participated in all the marches, skirmishes, battles and sieges of the campaign, and on April 3, 1865, it marched into Petersburg with colors flying. It participated in the pursuit of General Lee and his army, and after the surrender it was moved to City Point, April 4, remaining there until April 25, when it embarked for Alexandria, Va., which place reached on the 27th; participated in the grand review in Washington, D. C., on May 23 and 24, and o Sunday, June 4, 1865, it was mustered out of the United States service and reached Concord June 7, 1865. At Concord the regiment was paid in full on Saturday, June 10, 1865, and was formally discharged from the service that day, having been in the service two years and nine months. The Eleventh New Hampshire Volunteers was attached to First Brigade, Casey’s Division, Defense of Washington, September 16 to 29, 1862; Second Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Army Corps, October 6,1862, to June 4, 1865. E N G A G E M E N T S . White Sulphur Springs, Va. Nov. 15, 1862 Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 13, 1862 Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. June 15 to July 4, 1863 Jackson, Miss. July 1O-17,1863 Siege of Knoxville, Tenn. Nov. 17 to Dec. 4,1863 Strawberry Plains, Tenn. Jan. 21, 1864 Wilderness, Va. May 6, 1864 Spottsylvania, Va. May 9-18 1864 North Anna River, Va. May 23-27, 1864 Totopotomoy, Va. May 28,31, 1864 Bethesda Church, Va. June 2, 3, 1864 Cold Harbor, Va. June 5-12, 1864 Siege of Petersburg, Va. June 16, 1864, to Apr. 3, 1865 Petersburg (assault at the Shand House), Va. June 17, 1864 Mine Explosion, Petersburg, Va.( assault) July 30, 1864 Weldon Railroad, Va. Aug. 18,19,21, 1864 Poplar Springs Church, Va. Sept. 30, 1864 Hatcher’s Run, Va. Oct. 27, 1864 Petersburg, Va. Apr. 1-3, 1865|
The 11th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment was a Union army infantry regiment that participated in the American Civil War. It was raised in the New England state of New Hampshire, serving from October 4, 1862, to June 4, 1865.
From September 11 to 14, 1862, the 11th moved to Washington, D.C. It was attached to Briggs’ Brigade, Casey’s Division, Military District of Washington, until October 1862, and then to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, until March 1863. From then, its assignments were:
- 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Dept. of the Ohio, to June 1863.
- 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August 1863.
- 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Dept. of the Ohio, to April 1864.
- 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June 1865.
The regiment lost during its term of service 5 officers and 140 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 151 enlisted men by disease, for a total of 297 fatalities.
11th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment
|Active||September 24, 1862 – June 4, 1865|
|Country||United States of America|
|Allegiance||New Hampshire & Union|
|Engagements||Battle of Fredericksburg
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Cedar Creek
Siege of Petersburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Battle of the Crater
Battle of Boydton Plank Road
Battle of Hatcher’s Run
11th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The 11th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 140 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 151 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.
|Organized at Concord under the command of Colonel Colonel Walter Harriman.|
|September 2||Mustered in|
|September 11-14||Moved to Washington, D.C. and assigned to Attached to Brigg’s Brigade, Casey’s Division, Military District of Washington|
|October 4||Moved to Pleasant Valley, Md. and attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|Movement to Falmouth, Va.|
|December 12-15||Battle of Fredericksburg|
|January 20-24||Burnside’s Second Campaign (“Mud March”)|
|February 11||Moved to Newport News|
|March 26-April 1||To Covington, Ky.|
|April||Duty at various points in Kentucky. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Dept. of Ohio|
|June 4-14||Moved to Vicksburg, Miss. and attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee|
|June 14-July 4||Siege of Vicksburg|
|July 4-10||Advance on Jackson, Miss.|
|July 10-17||Siege of Jackson, Miss.|
|July 18-22||Destruction of Railroad at Madison Station|
|July 23||At Milldale, Miss.|
|August 6-14||Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Dept. of the Ohio|
|August 15||At Covington, Ky.|
|August 26||At Nicholasville, Camp Parke, Crab Orchard and Loudon|
|October 12-29||March to Knoxville, Tenn.|
|November 4-December 23||Knoxville Campaign|
|November 16||Campbell Station|
|November 17-December 4||Siege of Knoxville|
|November 29||Repulse of Longstreet’s assault on Fort Saunders|
|December||Duty in East Tennessee|
|March 18-April 7||Moved to Annapolis, Md. and attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|May 3-June 15||Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River|
|May 5-7||Battle of the Wilderness|
|May 8-21||Spotsylvania Court House|
|May 12||Assault on the Salient, Spotsylvania C. H.|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 26-28||On line of the Pamunkey|
|June 1-12||Cold Harbor|
|June 1-3||Bethesda Church|
|June 15-19||First Assault on Petersburg|
|June 16 – April 2||Siege of Petersburg|
|July 30||Mine Explosion, Petersburg|
|August 18-21||Weldon Railroad|
|September 29-October 2||Poplar Springs Church|
|October 27-28||Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run|
|March 25||Fort Stedman|
|March 28-April 9||Appomattox Campaign|
|April 2||Assault on and fall of Petersburg|
|April 3||Occupation of Petersburg|
|April 3-9||Pursuit of Lee|
|April 20-27||Moved to Washington, D.C.|
|May||Duty at Alexandria|
|May 23||Grand Review|
John Charles Currier of the 11th New Hampshire Infantry Recalls the Battle of Fredericksburg
The 11th New Hampshire Infantry entered Federal service in September 1862 and was assigned to the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division in the Union Army’s 9th Corps. The regiment first saw action at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. The 9th Corps was part of Major General Edwin Sumner’s Right Grand Division and the 11th New Hampshire was one of the units that took part in the costly assaults against the Confederate defenders at the stone wall below Marye’s Heights on December 13th.
John Charles Currier was a 2nd lieutenant in Company I of the 11th New Hampshire at Fredericksburg. Years later, his memories of the fighting were still vivid as he wrote about his experiences:
And now comes the ringing command of our colonel–fall in Eleventh New Hampshire. To say that my heart got right up into my mouth don’t half express it, but we respond; we move out of the shelter of the buildings, deploy into line and the whole scene bursts upon us. Before we hardly realize what we are doing the whole regiment is firing at the breastworks in front of them just as fast as they can load and fire…Forward! steady, keep cool–and in we go to that seething hell. Down they go to the right and left by dozens, but still they press on. The ranks are mown by the rebel artillery….
In the smoke of our guns and that of the enemy we push on, still on, towards the base of that hill. Great gaps are torn in the ranks; men are falling all around us; another and another line of battle comes charging up behind mingling their forces with ours; we struggle towards that stone wall that is belching out its hail of iron and fire; but all in vain, we cannot reach it. The line wavers suddenly, stops and shivers like some great ship that is beaten by a storm and recedes. Lie down is the command. We did not need any further orders, we just dropped to the ground and clung to the earth to escape that shower of lead…The warm sun had softened the earth so that it was nothing now but mud and water, but I don’t think we cared what it was, we only wished it was deep enough to cover us entirely, so that those devilish guns that were ripping and tearing the ground just behind might not reach us…Maryes Hill was one sheet of flame. Our batteries were compelled to remain silent for fear of hitting their own men. But see, one has crept to almost our front line and has opened fire…
My spirits, which had been at a very low ebb while lying there that long afternoon, immediately rose; but alas! it did not last long. The enemy concentrated their guns upon that devoted battery with deadly effect, and for ten minutes it seemed to me that the end had come, as though the earth had opened and hell itself was right before us. So terrible was that concentrated fire that in a few moments every horse had been killed and most of the cannoneers; the others fled precipitately, abandoning their guns…
Night and dew fell upon the battlefield, and we were enabled under the sheltering darkness to retire to a more protected position. All over that field as we stumbled along we came upon heaps of our brave companions lying as they fell.
–John Charles Currier, From Concord to Fredericksburg: A Paper Prepared and Read before the California Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States February 12, 1896.
The 11th New Hampshire had casualties of 19 killed, 151 wounded, and 25 missing. Twenty- one of the wounded later died of their wounds. Although he had survived the Battle of Fredericksburg unscathed, Currier was shot in the face twice in later battles–once at the Battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864, and once at Poplar Spring church in September that same year. He was honorably discharged as a captain on January 18, 1865.
|Charles C Paige|
AGE AT ENLISTMENT:
|11 Aug 1862|
RANK AT ENLISTMENT:
SURVIVED THE WAR?:
|Franklin, New Hampshire|