Richard E. Cross(c. 1833 - )
Home State: New Hampshire
Command Billet: Commanding Company
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
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. Probably reinstated on 16 January 1865 and promoted Colonel 21 February 1865. Appointment revoked on 29 April 1865.
After the War:
Later service in Company D of the 1st US Dragoons and Battalion of Engineers, USA.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic service information from Child1 with details from Carman2.
|Place of Birth: 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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