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Civil War Records of Herbert E. Preston

Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Personal War Sketch for Herbert Edgar Preston

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Comrade Herbert Edgar Preston
Who was born the
day of
A.D. 1847
New Ipswich
County of Hillsborough
State of New Hampshire

As private in Company D. 35th Mass. Vols., I entered the service on June 21st, 1862 at Lynnfield, Mass.


About October, 1864, I was promoted to Corporal and April 1865 to Sergeant.


I was finally discharged from service per special orders from War Dept. and at that time was near Alexandria, Va.


My first battle was at South Mountain, and I was also engaged in those that took place at Antietam, Fredericksburg, White Sulphur Springs, Vicksburg, Miss., Jackson, Miss., Campbell’s Station, Tenn., Knoxville, Tenn., Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor and battles around Petersburg, Va.


I was wounded at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13th, 1862, in the left thigh, by piece of shell and also in Sept. ’64 at Peable’s Farm before Petersburg, in right limb, flesh wound, did not go to the hospital for the last wound.


Was confined in a hospital at Falmouth, Va.

Lieut. John N. Morse, Sergt. Ben Merchant, Lieut. Wm. Hagan, privates Chas. Badge, Chas. Arnold, and Chas. Wheeler were my intimate comrades.


I deem the following to be the most important events during service. From May ’63 to June ’64, our long land marches – In ’63 from Milldale, Miss. To Jackson, Miss., and back and our eight day fight before that place, and the capture of 150 prisoners and one flag by our Regt., the first in Jackson, also our retreat from Campbell Station, Tenn. Followed by Gen. Longstreet to Knoville, where we were surrounded by some where we lived on Raw Corn and meal for two weeks and were given green hide Moccasins for we could not get supplied and the change a desperate one on feet : Sund*** where 800 Rebels were put has die combat in 40 minutes and Mr. Reb had to get the next day and we after him.


I Certify that the Sketch of my War service as above written is true as
I verily believe  
Date Signed
We certify that Comrade Herbert Edgar Preston Joined Isaac Davis
Post No. 138 Department of Massachusetts G.A.R. May 21, 1882
Held Offices of
Officer Day, three years, 1886-’87-‘88
F.H. Stevens
H.R. Knowlton