The collection contains handwritten reminiscences of the Civil War, and the period following it, by William H. Hartwell, New
Hampshire Infantry, 9th Regiment (Vol), Co. I. Also included is some commentary by his daughter, Ruth Hartwell Nordhoff, who
donated the collection.
William Herman Hartwell was born in Keene, New Hampshire on August 28, 1844. He was the seventh of eight children, though
only four would live past early childhood. His parents had both died by the time he graduated from school in 1862, when he
decided to enlist in the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. He was mustered into Company I of the 9th Regiment of the New
Hampshire Infantry on August 15, 1862. He fought in numerous battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Cemetery Hill,
rising through the ranks to sergeant by the spring of 1863. He was captured by Confederate forces on September 30, 1864 and
held as a prisoner-of-war for five months. With the conclusion of the war, he received an Honorable Discharge in June 1865.
.2 linear feet
(1 half-size document box)
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