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Federal (USV)


Eldad Alexander Rhodes

(1841 - 1913)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

A student at the St. Johnsbury Academy, VT, he enlisted at age 20 in Company B, 5th New Hampshire Infantry on 4 December 1861. He was appointed Sergeant in January 1862. He was wounded in action on 1 July 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was discharged due to his wound on 3 February 1862 at Frederick, MD.

After the War

He moved to Guildhall, NH in 1876 and represented the town in the State House 1878 - 80. He was appointed Adjutant of GAR Col. E.E. Cross Post, No. 16, Lancaster, NH when it was re-chartered in 1878. He was in Sullivan County, NH at the 1890 US Census, and living in Claremont, NH by 1893.

References & notes

Basic information from Child1. Details from a brief bio in Joint Rules, Rules and Orders of the Senate and House of Representatives (State of Vermont, 1878), pg. 39, and family genealogists. His brother Freedom M. Rhodes was a Captain in the 14th New Hampshire Infantry. His wife was Abigail (Abbie) Eunice Edson [photo].

More on the Web

See more about Eldad after Antietam in a post by Mike Pride on his Our War blog.


01/16/1841; Northumberland, NH


06/15/1913; Claremont, NH; burial in Pleasant Street Cemetery, Claremont, NH


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, Roster pp. 149 - 162  [AotW citation 13449]