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R.E. Cross
R.E. Cross

Federal (USV)


Richard Everett Cross

(c. 1833 - 1894)
Home State: New Hampshire
Command Billet: Commanding Company
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Lancaster, he was appointed First Lieutenant, Company H on 12 October 1861 and Captain, Company K on 17 February 1862. He was wounded 30 June 1862 in action at White Oak Swamp, VA.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He and Captain Long (Co. G) took their Companies across the Middle Bridge on 16 September on a mission to destroy the mill dam downstream and lower the level of Antietam Creek. They were unsuccessful due to a lack of tools.

The remainder of the War:
He was appointed Major on 14 December 1862 and wounded at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 3 July 1863, but cashiered on 4 August 1864. He was reinstated on 16 January 1865 and promoted Colonel 21 February 1865. Appointment revoked on 29 April 1865.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic service information from Child1 with details from Carman2. His photo from one in the MOLLUS Mass Collection3. His death information from his gravesite on Findagrave. Reportedly had service in Company D of the 1st US Dragoons, and Battalion of Engineers, USA (not found in Heitman; enlisted, pre-War service?). Brother of Colonel Edward E Cross.

Place of Birth: Lancaster, NH    
Death Date: 09/16/1894    Burial Place: Wilder Cemetery, Lancaster, NH


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, Part II, pg. 45  [AotW citation 10152]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 2 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-12, Vol. II, pg. 24  [AotW citation 10153]

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