Guide to the Howard M. Hanson Diary and Photographs, Jan.
Collection number: MS 19
About Howard M. Hanson
Howard M. Hanson was born in Lebanon, Maine in 1835. A resident of Somersworth, New
Hampshire, Hanson joined the Ninth New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment on June 28,
1862. Hanson was mustered in as a commissary sergeant on August 6, 1862. Following
the war, Hanson returned to Somersworth where he operated a grocery store until his
death in 1909.
About the Howard M. Hanson diary
180 page pocket diary of Howard M. Hanson (e.1), commissary sergeant, the Ninth New
Hampshire Regiment. Entries run from January 1864 through December 31, 1864. Hanson
described his regiment’s transfer from Kentucky to Virginia and its subsequent
involvement in the Army of the Potomac’s movement from Bristoe Station to the seige
of Petersburg, Virginia. Many entries include descriptions of Hanson’s commissary
activities. Accompanied by two photographs, one of Hanson himself with three
colleagues: Newell T. Dutton, Sylvester J. Hill, and Charles E. Rugg (e.2), the
other of Lt.Col. J.W. Babbett (e.3). There is a also a transcription of the diary
entries from April 28-June 1, 1864.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
Howard M. Hanson Diary and Photographs, Jan. 1864-Dec. 1864, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Source unknown, date unknown