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Federal (USV)


Horace Truman Hanks Pierce

(1822 - 1877)

Home State: New Hampshire

Education: Norwich University

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

He was student in Civil Engineering (1843-46) at Norwich, then a mechanic and brick manufacturer in Keene. By the start of the War he was brick mason in Keene. He enrolled as First Lieutenant in Company G, First New Hampshire Infantry from April to August 1861, with service along the Potomac. He enrolled as Captain, Company H, 5th New Hampshire Infantry on 12 October 1861 at age 37.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company H in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was in command of the Fifth at some point at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862 as senior officer remaining. He resigned his commission on 29 January 1863, possibly at Colonel Cross' request following a disagreement about a guard detail.

After the War

As late as 1875 he was a still mason, in Keene.

References & notes

Basic service information for the 5th Infantry from Child1, with details on the First from S.G. Griffin's A History of the Town of Keene (1904). Further details from Ellis2. Pierce was mentioned for leadership and "gallant conduct" in Maryland in Colonel Cross' after action Reports. The anecdote about Pierce's resignation in footnotes by the editors of Stand Firm and Fire Low: The Civil War Writings of Colonel Edward E. Cross (2003). His father Ezekial (1785-1865) had been a farmer and tavern-keeper in Chesterfield, as well as Major General in the New Hampshire militia.


02/22/1822; Chesterfield, NH


01/07/1877; Keene, NH


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, Roster, pg. 145  [AotW citation 13482]

2   Ellis, William Arba, compiler and editor, and MGen. Grenville Mellen Dodge, publisher, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, 3 Volumes, Montpelier: The Capital City Press, 1911, Vol. 2, pg. 403  [AotW citation 13483]