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Federal (USV)


Sumner Florentine Hurd

(1837 - 1924)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

Then living in Boston, he enlisted as Private in Cook's Company (First Battery), Massachusetts (Boston) Light Artillery on 20 April 1861 and mustered out on 2 August 1861, with duty at Annapolis and Baltimore, MD (where he met his future wife). Giving his home as Newport, NH, he enlisted in Company E, 5th New Hampshire Infantry on 16 September 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 19 December 1861, and First Sergeant on 17 April 1862. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 12 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 November 1862. He was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He resigned his commission on 27 May 1863.

After the War

He married Henrietta Clay Elliot (1845-1934) on 24 April 1864 in Baltimore. In 1875 he was a foreman in a shoe factory. He was living in Vineland, NJ by at least 1893.

References & notes

Basic information from Child1 and Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines2. Details from family genealogists. See photographs of Sumner and his wife Henrietta taken at Vineland, NJ, probably taken in the early 1920's - courtesy of great-granddaughter Dorothy Hurd Richards.

More on the Web

Four 1863 letters from Sumner to his cousin Ira McLaughlin Barton (1839-75) are in a collection at Dartmouth University.


01/13/1837; Newport, NH


01/16/1924; Vineland, NJ; burial in Vineland, NJ


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, pp. 87 - 99  [AotW citation 13411]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. V, pg. 340  [AotW citation 13500]