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J.S. Ricker

J.S. Ricker

Federal (USV)


John S. Ricker

(c. 1841 - ?)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

From Milton, he enlisted at age 20 in Company A, First New Hampshire Infantry on 29 April 1861 for 3 months. He mustered out 9 August 1861. He reenlisted, in Company D, 5th New Hampshire Infantry on 23 September 1861 and mustered as Sergeant on 23 October. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 13 April 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Company B, on 11 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, Company C on 18 December 1862. He was appointed Major of the Regiment on 15 March 1865, but did not muster at that rank. He was severely wounded at Farmville, VA on 7 April 1865 and discharged on 15 May 1865.

After the War

He was honored by brevet to Major of Volunteers to date from 13 March 1865 for gallant and meritorious conduct at Reams' Station, VA.

References & notes

Basic information from Child1 and Ayling2. His photo from one in the MOLLUS Mass Collection3.


c. 1841; Milton, 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 13450]

2   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 1, pg. 18  [AotW citation 13512]

3   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 97, pg. 4966  [AotW citation 13513]