POST-WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIVATE WHO ALSO SERVED IN THE NAVY AND AS AN ASSISTANT SURGEON IN THE 10TH NEW HAMPSHIRE – WILLIAM W. WILKINS

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Image shows William W. Wilkins of Company I. He wears a dark civilian suit with white shirt and dark tie. Bottom of the mount has a printed caption with his name and Company as well as “ASS’T SURGEON 10TH N. H.V.”

Image has very good clarity and contrast. Mount has some light to moderate edge wear. Paper is good.

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint. Inscribed in period ink on the reverse is “DR. W. W. WILKINS PRIV. CO I. 2 N. H. INF. RESIDENCE 453 MAPLE ST, OFFICE NO 7 HANOVER ST MANCHESTER PAID 50 CTS.”

William Wesley Wilkins was born in DePeyster, New York on June 17, 1829. He enlisted as a private in Company I, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry on May 9, 1861 and was discharged for disability on September 28, 1861. A few months later on October 21, 1861 Wilkins was commissioned Acting Assistant Surgeon on board the USS SHEPARD KNAPP. He resigned on December 22, 1862. Wilkins was then commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the 10th New Hampshire on September 11, 1863 but resigned again on July 21, 1864.

After the war Dr. Wilkins lived in Manchester, New Hampshire where he was an active member of the Louis Bell Post #3 of the GAR. He died in Manchester on September 1, 1892 and is buried there in Pine Grove Cemetery.

The 2nd New Hampshire was a hard fought regiment seeing action at 1st Bull Run, Williamsburg, Oak Grove, Gaines’ Mill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where the 2nd bore the brunt of the assault on the Peach Orchard. After Gettysburg the 2nd garrisoned Point Lookout for a time before returning to the army to fight at Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

The 10th New Hampshire moved around a lot serving in four different Army Corps. They started with the 9th Corps with whom they saw fighting at Fredericksburg in December of 1862. They next spent a few months with the 7th Corps being involved in several small skirmishes.

In July of 1863 the regiment was assigned to the 18th Corps with whom they would spend the bulk of their time. With that Corps they saw action at Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort Harrison and Fair Oaks.

Finally, in December of 1864 the 10th was assigned to the 24th Corps with whom they ended the war.  [AD] [ph:L]

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