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Federal (USV)


William Jewett Sanborn

(1841 - 1901)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

From Bristol, he enlisted at age 20 in Company I, 5th New Hampshire Infantry on 17 October 1861. He was wounded on 29 June 1862 (probably at Savage's Station, VA during the Seven Days).

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 20 December 1862. He reenlisted, in Company M, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, on 24 November 1863 and was again discharged on 27 May 1865.

After the War

He operated the Boar's Head, a public house at Willow and Lake Streets in Bristol, NH in the late 1860s. He lived in Plymouth, NH from 1873 to at least 1893. He died at the Soldier's Home, Tilton (now the NH Veteran's Home).

References & notes

Basic information from Child1 and Soldiers, Sailors and Marines2. Details from family genealogists, Musgrove's History of the Town of Bristol (1904), and Stearns' History of Plymouth, NH (Vol. 2, 1910).


03/11/1841; Fremont, NH


12/25/1901; Tilton, 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 13455]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 5, pg. 763  [AotW citation 13515]