Civil War Period Albumen of Capt. Jerome B. House, Co. C, 7th NH Inf. – Mortally Wounded at Battery Wagner 7/18/63
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Civil War Period Albumen of Capt. Jerome B. House, Co. C, 7th NH Inf. – Mortally Wounded at Battery Wagner 7/18/63 – This fine, war period albumen depicts Captain Jerome B. House, Co. C of the 7th New Hampshire Infantry. House enlisted, at age 38, in November of 1861. The 7th NH was initially on duty in Florida and South Carolina, engaged in non-combat related activities, until the summer of 1863 when the regiment was ordered to the Charleston and Morris Island, SC area. During mid-July of 1863, the 7th NH would be engaged in its first significant combat; the following description is taken from a regimental history of the 7th NH:
“… On the morning of July 10 these batteries opened at daylight, surprising the enemy completely and covering the landing of a force under General Strong, who carried the fortifications on the south end of Morris Island, and which was followed by the crossing over to Morris Island of the whole remaining force, and the Seventh went on picket at night within a mile of Fort Wagner and commenced the entrenchments afterwards known as the first parallel in the siege of Fort Wagner. On the morning of the 11th a portion of General Strong’s column made an unsuccessful assault upon Fort Wagner, in which the Seventh was ordered in for support, and in the evening the regiment was advanced nearer the enemy’s pickets, and commenced the line of entrenchments afterwards known as the second parallel. On the 12th the regiment was relieved from the picket line, and Colonel Putnam was assigned to the command of the second brigade of Seymour’s division, and left the regiment, never to resume the position of regimental commander. From the 12th to the 18th the regiment was actively engaged in the trenches and on fatigue duty in preparation for the second assault on Fort Wagner. About sunset on the 18th the First Brigade under General Strong, supported by the Second Brigade under Colonel Putnam, were ordered to make an assault on Fort Wagner, and during the hour and a half that the engagement lasted the Seventh lost two hundred and eighteen killed, wounded, and missing, and of this number eighteen were officers, eleven of whom- including our beloved colonel–were either slain outright, or mortally wounded and left in the enemy’s hands, and on the following morning only nine officers and two hundred and fifty-three men were in line. In this engagement the Seventh suffered the loss of more officers than were lost by any other regiment in any one engagement during the war.”
During the assault on Battery Wagner, on July 18, 1863, Captain House was severely wounded; hospitalized, he survived yet ultimately died, as a result of his wounds, at his home, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
The albumen remains in superior condition; it depicts Captain House in his officer’s frock coat, with his officer’s Hardee hat resting on the photographer’s prop table – note that in the crook of the embroidered, infantry horn insignia, at the front of the hat, is the number “7” ; House is wearing his officer’s sash, belt and holding his M1850 Foot Officer’s Sword. The albumen is housed in an original period frame, with period glass.
Measurements: Frame size – H: 14”; W: 12”; Image size – H: 6.25”; W – 4”
Jerome B. House
|Residence Lebanon NH; 38 years old. Enlisted on 11/6/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant. On 11/6/1861 he was commissioned into “C” Co. NH 7th Infantry He died of wounds on 10/7/1863 at Lebanon, NH He was listed as: * Wounded 7/18/1863 Fort Wagner, SC (Wounded in thigh) Promotions: * Capt 4/29/1862|
NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
|By HENRY F. W. LITTLE, late Second Lieutenant Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and Historian of Regiment. THE recruitment and organization of the Seventh Regiment was somewhat different from that of any other force raised in the State during the War of the Rebellion of 1861. Although the regiment was credited to New Hampshire, the authority to accept and provide for recruits, and the privilege to make all official appointments, was by direction of the War Department at Washington, D. C., under date of September 2, 1861, vested in Joseph C. Abbott, who, at the commencement of the war and for some years previous, had been adjutant-general of the State, and who, desiring active service, had made application to the secretary of war to raise a regiment of infantry. The acceptance of this regiment was with the distinct understanding that the War Department would revoke the commissions of all officers who might be found incompetent for the proper discharge of their duties, and one of the requirements was that the regiment should be ready for marching orders thirty days subsequent to September 9, 1861. About this time the state authorities were busily engaged in organizing and equipping four regiments of infantry, three companies of sharpshooters, a light battery, and a battalion of cavalry, all of which drew quite heavily upon the available material of the State, and the successful organization of the Seventh Regiment, which was somewhat in the nature of an individual enterprise, was by many considered doubtful. The state authorities were asked merely to pay to those enlisting in this regiment the ten dollars bounty which they paid to all others, and which they readily agreed to do. The rendezvous of the recruits was established at Manchester. Circulars were at once issued, and notwithstanding the competition of other organizations, by the first of November eight hundred men had arrived in camp. It was the understanding from the outset that the governor and council would commission such officers as were designated by General Abbott, he waiving the position of colonel only on the condition that it should be given to some graduate of West Point. The colonelcy was accordingly bestowed on First Lieut. Haldimand S. Putnam, of the United States Topographical Engineers, who was considered the ablest and most accomplished Soldier commissioned from New Hampshire. Gen. Joseph C. Abbott was commissioned as lieutenant-colonel; Daniel Smith, of Dover, as major; Andrew H. Young, of the same city, as quartermaster; Thomas A. Henderson, also of Dover, as adjutant; Dr. W. W. Brown, of Manchester, as surgeon; and Rev. J. C. Emerson, of Fisherville (now Penacook), as chaplain. The captains and subalterns were selected where they could best contribute to the speedy enlistment of the men. The organization was fairly completed, and the officers and men all mustered into service by December 14; and on the 14th of January, 1862, the regiment left New Hampshire under orders to proceed to New York city. The first experience of the Seventh was as different from that of other regiments as the manner of its organization. It had already spent a month in camp at Manchester since its completion, engaged in drill, and upon its arrival in New York, the morning after its departure, it was ordered into quarters at White Street barracks, where it passed another month of comparative inactivity, relieved only by an occasional dress parade or drill in one of the city squares. February 13 orders were received to embark for Fort Jefferson, Fla., and six companies, under command of Colonel Putnam, embarked on the ship “S. R. Mallory,” and the remaining four companies under Lieutenant-Colonel Abbott on the barque “Tycoon” and both sailed the same day. The latter reached Fort Jefferson after sixteen and the former after twenty-one days sail. Small-pox broke out on the ” Tycoon” and one man of the Seventh fell a victim to the disease before reaching the destination. At this post the regiment was kept busy on fatigue duty and drill, and was also drilled in heavy artillery practice, having for instructors men detailed from Battery M, First U. S. Artillery; and while the regiment remained here, for a period of three months and a half, its duty, though not dangerous, was severe, and the monthly return: for May, 1862, shows that one hundred and twenty-eight were on the sick list with the regiment, and twenty-five were absent sick. While at this post smallpox in a virulent form again broke out, from which the regiment suffered severely. On the 16th of June the Seventh again embarked, on the steamer ” Ericson,” and touching at Key West, arrived at Port Royal, S. C., on the 22d. This movement was made on account of the expedition on James Island, but before the arrival of the troops from Key West the disastrous battle had been fought, and the Seventh was ordered into camp at Beaufort, S. C. While here the regiment was engaged in picket duty and drill, and a malignant form of typhoid fever broke out among the men, which so reduced the regiment for effective duty that on September 1 it was ordered to St. Augustine, Fla., on light duty, that the men might recruit, two hundred having been lost to the regiment by death and discharge since it left Manchester. March 29, 1863, Colonel Putnam, with five companies, was ordered to join the expedition against Charleston, which left Hilton Head about the 1st of April. The movement proving a failure, the detachment of the Seventh returned to St. Augustine, after an absence of about two weeks, when on the 10th of May it was ordered to Fernandina, two companies being put in garrison in Fort Clinch, and the remainder being employed on fatigue and picket duty. June 7 the regiment was ordered to Hilton Head, preparatory to another attempt to take Charleston. While at Beaufort Major Smith had died of disease, and other Commissioned officers-had been discharged. Although the regiment had received about a hundred recruits since entering the service, yet there were in June, 1863, only five hundred and thirty-three men reported ” present for duty,” and the aggregate, including recruits, of over eleven hundred had been reduced to seven hundred and twenty-nine officers and men, borne on the rolls at that date, making a loss of nearly four hundred. On the 17th the regiment embarked on the steamer ” Delaware” at Hilton Head, bound for Folly Island, where a landing was effected about midnight; and from this time until July 10 the regiment was actively engaged in the construction of batteries on the north end of Folly Island, with regular tours of picket duty. On the morning of July 10 these batteries opened at daylight, surprising the enemy completely and covering the landing of a force under General Strong, who carried the fortifications on the south end of Morris Island, and which was followed by the crossing over to Morris Island of the whole remaining force, and the Seventh went on picket at night within a mile of Fort Wagner and commenced the entrenchments afterwards known as the first parallel in the siege of Fort Wagner. On the morning of the 11th a portion of General Strong’s column made an unsuccessful assault upon Fort Wagner, in which the Seventh was ordered in for support, and in the evening the regiment was advanced nearer the enemy’s pickets, and commenced the line of entrenchments afterwards known as the second parallel. On the 12th the regiment was relieved from the picket line, and Colonel Putnam was assigned to the command of the second brigade of Seymour’s division, and left the regiment, never to resume the position of regimental commander. From the 12th to the 18th the regiment was actively engaged in the trenches and on fatigue duty in preparation for the second assault on Fort Wagner. About sunset on the 18th the First Brigade under General Strong, supported by the Second Brigade under Colonel Putnam, were ordered to make an assault on Fort Wagner, and during the hour and a half that the engagement lasted the Seventh lost two hundred and eighteen killed, wounded, and missing, and of this number eighteen were officers, eleven of whom- including our beloved colonel–were either slain outright, or mortally wounded and left in the enemy’s hands, and on the following morning only nine officers and two hundred and fifty-three men were in line. In this engagement the Seventh suffered the loss of more officers than were lost by any other regiment in any one engagement during the war. It was now determined to compel the evacuation of Fort Wagner by siege, and during the time-from July 18 to September 7 the regiment was busily engaged on fatigue duty and on duty in the trenches, and also assisted in the construction of the “Swamp Angel” battery. On the morning of September 7th, a third assault upon Fort Wagner was ordered, and the Seventh was ordered in as a part of the storming party; but fortunately, in the early hours of the morning, the enemy evacuated the island, and the siege of Fort Wagner was at an end. On the 20th of December the Seventh left Morris Island and went into camp at St. Helena Island, opposite Hilton Head, where it was assigned to the brigade commanded by Col. Joseph R. Hawley. Upwards of three hundred recruits had by this time been received, and the Enfield rifled muskets were exchanged for Spencer’s repeating carbines–a seven-shooter-and promotions, had been made from the ranks to fill the places of the officers who had been killed or who had resigned. Many of the recruits were substitutes, and of a most worthless class, and but few made good soldiers. Here the time was occupied at drill until February 4, 1864, when the regiment was ordered to embark on the steamer “Ben Deford,” and at once set sail for Florida, to take part in the somewhat disastrous campaign of General Seymour. The regiment at this time numbered six hundred and fifty men fit for duty. The regiment arrived at Jacksonville, Fla., February 9, and at once began its march for Sanderson, toward Lake City; and the enemy having concentrated a force at Olustee, on the 20th the battle of Olustee was fought, which resulted in disaster to the Union arms, and the forces under General Seymour were forced to retreat to Jacksonville, and thus ended this ill-starred campaign. The regiment lost in this battle two hundred and nine; and of this number three were officers, who were either killed outright or subsequently died of their wounds. While at Jacksonville one hundred and eighty-three re-enlisted and went home on a thirty days furlough. April 14 the regiment embarked for Fernandina, where on the 17th it again embarked for Fortress Monroe, Va., arriving on the 21st, and was ordered to Gloucester Point, where it disembarked and became a part of the Army of the James under General Butler. On the 5th of May, the Seventh, with the rest of the forces under General Butler, embarked on transports and proceeded up the James river, landing at Bermuda Hundred, fifteen miles below Richmond, meeting with no opposition. The next morning the Army of the James, consisting of the Tenth and Eighteenth Corps, was early in motion and had commenced an advance, as was generally supposed, upon Petersburg, which at that time could easily have been taken and held; but after marching about six miles the whole army was ordered into camp, and a line of heavy earthworks ordered to be constructed, stretching across the peninsula, from the James river on the right to the Appomattox on the left. Early on the morning of May 9, General Butler ordered an advance on Petersburg, and after a march of about five miles, the Tenth Corps reached Chester Station, on the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, meeting with little opposition, and after driving the enemy’s skirmishers back to their Petersburg entrenchments and assisting in demolishing the railroad by tearing up the track and twisting the rails, the Army of the James swung around to the right and started toward Richmond. On the morning of the 10th the division of General Terry, to which the Seventh belonged, was in the vicinity of Lempster Hill, where was brought on a severe engagement with Confederate troops who were marching to the relief of Petersburg. The enemy were handsomely repulsed, although at a considerable loss on the Union side. On the 13th the Army of the James again advanced toward Richmond, and skirmishing at once commenced, which was very heavy; the ground was contested inch by inch, and about 5 o’clock the Seventh supported a desperate charge of the Third New Hampshire, and the enemy was driven from the first line of his defences, and forced back to Fort Darling. On the morning of the 16th, during a dense fog, the enemy charged our lines, and a severe battle followed, known as Drewry’s Bluff: The troops were then withdrawn to their line of defences near Bermuda Hundred. On the 9th of June the Seventh took a prominent part in the demonstration on Petersburg, under General Gillmore, which was made by approaching on the south side of the Appomattox river; and again on the 16th, in the reconnoissance towards the Petersburg turnpike, where, meeting Pickett’s division of Longstreet’s corps, which was en route to re-enforce the Confederates at Petersburg, a severe engagement was brought on, lasting until dark. The Seventh was actively engaged on the 16th of August in the hard-fought battle of Deep Bottom, where Lieutenant-Colonel Henderson was mortally wounded. Again, on the 24th of August, the Seventh was ordered into the trenches before Petersburg, where it was constantly occupied until September 28, when the regiment was ordered, with other troops, to the north side of the James river, where, on the 29th, they were engaged in the attack on New Market Heights, and a reconnoissance towards Richmond, and in the severe battle of Laurel Hill, October 7, and in the memorable reconnoissance on the Darbytown road, October 27 and 28. It was a period of uninterrupted and exceedingly severe duty. Two great armies were contending for their lines with the most daring pertinacity, and each unceasingly watching for the slightest advantage over the other. The monthly returns for the month of November of this year showed a little less than three hundred men fit for duty, though the effective strength of the regiment had been considerably increased by recruits and substitutes during the previous month. Hawley’s brigade, to which the Seventh was attached was armed with the Spencer seven-shooting carbine, which proved a formidable weapon. Among other regiments selected for the expedition to New York, on the occasion of the Presidential election, was the Seventh, which was encamped at Laurel Hill. On the morning of November 4 the regiment broke camp and marched to Jones’ Landing, on the James river, and took transports for Fortress Monroe, arriving at that place on the evening of 5th, where it was transferred to the steamer ” United States,” and reached New York, after a comfortable passage of forty-eight hours, disembarking at Fort Richmond, on Staten Island. On the morning of the 8th the regiment went aboard an army transport and was taken to the city, and lay in East river, near Fulton Ferry, three days, prepared for any emergency which might require their services, as a riot had been feared at the time of election. Happily, our services were not needed, and on the 11th the Seventh returned to Fort Richmond, and on the 14th re-embarked on the “United States,” reaching Jones’ Landing on the 17th, and at once marched to its old camp- ground near Laurel Hill, where it commenced the erection of winter quarters. In December one hundred and ninety-live men were mustered out, having served their full term of three years, and such of the commissioned officers as had served three years and did not wish to be re-mustered for another term. One hundred and eleven recruits were received, however, toward filling their places. These were of the usual class of substitutes, and mostly of a worthless character and during the winter thirty-five deserted. The spring campaign of the Seventh opened very early, and the regiment received orders on the 3d of January, 1865, to be ready to march the next morning, and at once proceeded to Fortress Monroe, where it embarked on the second expedition against Fort Fisher. Colonel Abbott was placed in command of the brigade and the command of the regiment devolved upon Lieutenant-Colonel Rollins, and at 10 o’clock, on the evening of January 15, the Seventh led the assault on the sea-angle of the fort, and half an hour later planted its colors on the bastion of the surrendered work. The Seventh, with one other regiment, formed in a line southward of the tort, and pressed on toward Battery Buchanan, and this earthwork, with about a thousand prisoners, soon surrendered, and the whole of the immense fortifications, which had been considered impregnable, fell into the possession of the Union army. After the conquest of Fort Fisher the Seventh was occupied in strengthening the works in front of Wilmington, in making reconnoissances, and in picket duty, until the 19th of February, when the enemy commenced retiring and General Terry at once commenced pursuit. Reaching Wilmington on the 22d, the enemy, dispirited and disheartened, was still followed ten miles farther, to a place called North-east Ferry. The regiment, with the rest of its brigade, was then ordered back to Wilmington, and assigned to the garrison of that place. Early in June it was sent to Goldsborough, where it remained until ordered be discharged. Its days of active campaigning were now over, and the survivors of its many labors and numerous battles, from Virginia to the southern coast of Florida, were mustered out of the service of the United States on the 20th of July, and on the 30th the steamer which had borne them from City Point, Va., came to anchor at New London, Conn They proceeded by rail to Manchester, where, more than four years before, they had left Old Camp Hale, amid the plaudits of the people, and were received with shouts and cheers and a hearty welcome from a grateful country in whose service they had engaged. Proceeding to Concord, an escort and refreshments awaited them and His Excellency Governor Smyth addressed the regiment, thanking them in behalf of the State for the service they had performed and the honor they had won. Three hundred and twenty men and twenty-two officers returned. Of these, less than one hundred were among those who left the State in 1861. Of the original field and staff only one remained. The first colonel and the second lieutenant-colonel had fallen in battle. As soon as possible the regiment was paid and the men at once proceeded to their homes, separating, after a long and arduous service, never again to feel the old familiar touch of “elbow to elbow “; and with saddened hearts, comrade bade farewell to comrade, and the noble ranks of the old Seventh Regiment were broken for the last time, never again to be re- formed, and the organization of one more of New Hampshire’s gallant regiments ceased to exist–except in history. The people of our State will ever hold in grateful remembrance the names of the noble patriots recorded on these rolls, and will carefully preserve and guard the war-worn and tattered flags of our old command returned by us to the State. The Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers was at Fort Jefferson, Fla., March 9 to June 16, 1862 at Port Royal Island, S. C., June 22 to September 1,1862; at St. Augustine, Fla., September 3, 1862, to May 10, 1863 (five companies, under Colonel Putnam, were attached to Second Brigade, Terry’s Division, Tenth Army Corps, April 4 to 12, 1863); at Fernandina, Fla., May 10 to June 7, 1863; at Hilton Head, S. C., June 8 to 16, 1863; attached to First Brigade, Vogdes’ Division, Tenth Army Corps, June 20, 1863; Third Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps, July 19, 1863; First Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army-Corps, November 23,1863; with United States forces at St. Helena Island, District of Hilton Head, S. C., December 21, 1863, to February 4, 1864; attached to Second Brigade, First Division, District of Florida, February 4, 1864; Third Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps, April 23, 1864; Second Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps, May 3, 1864; Second Brigade, First Division, Twenty-fourth Army Corps, December 4, 1864 Second Brigade, First Division, Tenth Army Corps, March 27, 1865. E N G A G E M E N T S . Morris Island, S. C. July 10, 1863 Ft. Wagner, S. C. (first assault) July 11, 1863 Ft. Wagner, S. C. (second assault) July 18, 1863 Siege of Ft. Wagner, Morris Island, S. C. July 10 to Sept. 6, 1863 Siege of Ft. Sumter, S. C., Sept. 7 to Dec. 20, 1863 Olustee, Fla. Feb. 20, 1864 Chester Station, Va. May 9, 1864 Lempster Hill (or near Chester Station), Va. May 10, 1864 Drewry s Bluff, Va. May 13-16, 1864 Bermuda Hundred Va. May 18,20,21, June 2-4, 18, 1864 Near Petersburg, Va. June 9, 1864 Ware Bottom Church, Va. June 16, 1864 Deep Bottom, Va. Aug. 16, 1864 Siege of Petersburg, Va. Aug. 24 to Sept. 28, 1864 New Market Heights, Va. Sept. 29, 1864 Near Richmond, Va. Oct. 1, 1864 New Market Road (or near Laurel Hill, or near Chaffin’s Farm), Va. Oct. 7, 1864 Darbytown Road, Va. Oct. 13, 27, 28,1864 Ft. Fisher, N. C. Jan. 15, 1865 Half Moon Battery, Sugar Loaf Hill, near Federal Point, N. C. Jan. 18,19,1865 Sugar Loaf Battery, N. C. Feb. 11, 1865 Wilmington (or North-east Ferry ) , N. C Feb. 22, 1865|
Roster entry: House, Jerome B. Co. C; b. Stanstead, Can.; age 38; res. Lebanon; app. 1st lt. Nov. 6, ’61; Must. in Nov. 6, ’61; app. Capt. Apr. 29, ’62; wd. sev. July 18, ’63, Ft. Wagner, S.C. Died of wounds. Oct. 7, ’63, Lebanon. Jerome B. House opened a recruiting office in Lebanon, New Hampshire in September of 1861 and succeeded in enlisting 61 men. He took his recruits into encampment at Manchester, New Hampshire, and waived his right to captaincy in favor of Jesse E. George. He accepted the rank of first lieutenant in order to secure good places for those who enlisted with him. House was mustered into service of the United States as first lieutenant of Company C on November 6, 1861. The following April, while stationed in Fort Jefferson, Captain George resigned his commission and House was promoted to Captaincy, effective April 29, 1862. Captain House was shot in the hip during a skirmish at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, and died from his wound. (pp. 495-497).
|7th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment|
|Active||December 13, 1861 – July 17, 1865|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Army
|Engagements||American Civil War|
|Col. Haldimand S. Putnam †
Col. Joseph Carter Abbott
The 7th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was raised in the state of New Hampshire, serving from December 13, 1861, to July 17, 1865. Because it was in the same brigade as the 7th Connecticut Infantry Regiment, both regiments together were often jointly called the 77th New England.
On December 13, 1861, the regiment was organized and mustered in at Manchester, New Hampshire.
On January 14, 1862, the 7th moved to New York City. Until February 13 at White Street Barracks. Orders for Dry Tortugas, Florida, on February 12. Attached to Brannan’s Command, District of Florida until June 1862.
From then, its assignments were:
- Augustine, Fla., Dept. of the South, to May, 1863.
- Fernandina, Fla., Dept. of the South, to June, 1863.
- 1st Brigade, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863.
- 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863.
- 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to November, 1863.
- 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to December, 1863.
- Helena Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to February, 1864.
- Hawley’sBrigade, Ames’ Division, District of Florida, Dept. of the South, to April, 1864.
- 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, of Virginia and North Carolina, to May, 1864.
- 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, to December, 1864.
- 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James, to January, 1865.
- Abbott’sBrigade, Terry’s Provisional Corps, North Carolina, to March, 1865.
- Abbott’s Detached Brigade, 10th Army Corps, North Carolina, to July, 1865.
The regiment lost during its term of service 15 officers and 169 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and 1 officer and 241 enlisted men by disease, for a total of 426 fatalities.
7th Regiment Infantry
Organized at Manchester and mustered in December 13, 1861. Left State for New York January 14, 1862 At White Street Barracks until February 13. Ordered to Dry Tortugas, Fla., February 12. Attached to Brannan’s Command, District of Florida, to June, 1862. District of Beaufort, S.C., Dept. of the South, to September, 1862. St. Augustine, Fla., Dept. of the South, to May, 1863. Fernandina, Fla., Dept. of the South, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to November, 1863. 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to December, 1863. St. Helena Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to February, 1864. Hawley’s Brigade, Ames’ Division, District of Florida, Dept. of the South, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to May, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, to December, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James, to January, 1865. Abbott’s Brigade, Terry’s Provisional Corps, North Carolina, to March, 1865. Abbott’s Detached Brigade, 10th Army Corps, North Carolina, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty at Dry Tortugas, Fla., until June 16, 1862. Moved to Beaufort, S.C., June 16, and duty there until September 15. Moved to St. Augustine, Fla., September 15, and duty there until May 10, 1863. Skirmish near St. Augustine March 9 (Detachment). At Fernandina, Fla., until June 15. Moved to Hilton Head, S.C.; thence to Folly Island, S.C., June 15-19. Siege operations against Morris Island until July 10. Assault on Water Batteries on Morris Island July 10. Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S. C., July 11 and 18. Siege of Fort Wagner July 18-September 7. Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7. Siege operations against Fort Sumter and Charleston, S.C., until December 20. Moved to St. Helena Island, S.C., December 20, and duty there until February, 1864. Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla., February 5-6, and from Jacksonville to Lake City, Fla., February 7-22. Battle of Olustee, Fla., February 20. Duty at Jacksonville until April. Ordered to Gloucester Point, Va., April 4. Butler’s operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Occupation of City Point and Bermuda Hundred May 5. Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church May 9-10. Chester Station May 10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Battle of Drury’s Bluff May 14-16. Bermuda Hundred May 16-August 13. Action at Petersburg June 9. Port Walthal June 16-17. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to January 3, 1865. Demonstration north of James River August 13-20. Battle of Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. In trenches before Petersburg until September 25. Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30. Darbytown and New Market Roads October 7. Darbytown and Charles City Cross Roads October 13. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28. Front of Richmond October 31-November 2. Detachment for duty at New York City and Staten Island, New York Harbor, during Presidential election November 2-17. Duty in front of Richmond north of the James River November 17, 1864, to January 3, 1865. Second Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 3-15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Half Moon Battery January 19. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 18. Capture of Wilmington February 22. North East Ferry February 22. Duty at Wilmington until June, and at Goldsborough, N. C., until July. Mustered out July 17, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 15 Officers and 169 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 241 Enlisted men by disease. Total 426.
7th NH Infantry
( 3-years )
|Organized: Manchester, NH on 12/1/61
Mustered Out: 7/20/65 at Goldsborough, NCOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 15
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 169
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 241
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)
|Jun ’62||Sep ’62||Dist of Beaufort||Department of the South|
|Sep ’62||May ’63||St. Augustine, FL||10||Department of the South|
|May ’63||Jun ’63||Fernandina, FL||10||Department of the South|
|Jun ’63||Jul ’63||US Forces, St Helena Is.||Department of the South||5 cos.|
|Jun ’63||Jul ’63||1||US Forces, Folly Island||Department of the South|
|Jul ’63||Jul ’63||1||2||10||Department of the South|
|Jul ’63||Nov ’63||3||US Forces, Morris Island||10||Department of the South|
|Nov ’63||Dec ’63||1||US Forces, Morris Island||10||Department of the South|
|Dec ’63||Feb ’64||US Forces, St Helena Is.||Department of the South|
|Feb ’64||Feb ’64||Hawley’s||Dist of Florida||Department of the South|
|Feb ’64||Apr ’64||2||1||Dist of Florida||Department of the South|
|Apr ’64||May ’64||3||1||10||Army of the James|
|May ’64||Dec ’64||2||1||10||Army of the James|
|Dec ’64||Jan ’65||2||1||24||Army of the James|
|Jan ’65||Mar ’65||2||1||Terry’s Provisional||Department of North Carolina|
|Mar ’65||Apr ’65||2||1||10||Department of North Carolina|
|Mar ’65||Jul ’65||Abbott’s Detached||10||Department of North Carolina||Mustered Out|
|NAME:||Jerome B House|
|BIRTH PLACE:||Stanstead, Canada|
|ENLISTMENT DATE:||6 Nov 1861|
|ENLISTMENT RANK:||First Lieutenant|
|MUSTER DATE:||6 Nov 1861|
|MUSTER PLACE:||New Hampshire|
|MUSTER REGIMENT:||7th Infantry|
|MUSTER REGIMENT TYPE:||Infantry|
|RANK CHANGE DATE:||29 Apr 1862|
|RANK CHANGE RANK:||Capt|
|CASUALTY DATE:||18 Jul 1863|
|CASUALTY PLACE:||Fort Wagner, South Carolina|
|TYPE OF CASUALTY:||Wounded|
|CASUALTY INFORMATION:||Wounded in thigh|
|MUSTER OUT DATE:||7 Oct 1863|
|MUSTER OUT PLACE:||Lebanon, New Hampshire|
|MUSTER OUT INFORMATION:||died wounds|
|SIDE OF WAR:||Union|
|INJURED IN LINE OF DUTY?:||Yes|
|RESIDENCE PLACE:||Lebanon, New Hampshire|
|TITLE:||Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire 1861-65; History of Lebanon, NH 1761-1887; Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Commandery of MOLLUS; Official Records of the War of Rebellion|
Capt. of Co. C 7th NH Vols. – Civil War.
Jerome House was wounded 9.18.1863 at Ft. Wagner, SC.
He was brought home to die.
Capt. House has a stained glass window dedicated to him in the Soldier’s Memorial Building (Old GAR Hall).
From Jesse Dewey’s Honor Roll Book – GAR Records:
*Capt. Jerome B. House: mustered in 11.6.1861 in Co C 7TH Reg’t NH Vols. He was mortally wounded in the assault on Fort Wagoner on 7.18.1863. He was brought home and after much severe suffering, he departed for a better country on 10.7.1863. He was a brave and faithful officer and an upright Christian man.
Other children: Gertrude & Irving