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Promotion to 2nd Lieutenant

Date(s) of Letter(s) Little, Henry F. W.  The Seventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion.  Concord, New Hampshire:  Seventh New Hampshire Veteran Association, 1896. 


September 29, 1862
October 10, 1862
October 12, 1862
December 11, 1862
January 31, 1863

Calvin Shedd: Promotion to 2nd Lieutenant
"Soon after the regiment arrived in Beaufort [June, 1862], Maj. Daniel Smith went home to New Hampshire on sick-leave, and First Lieut Samuel Williams, of Company C, and First Lieut. Alvah K. Potter, of Company H, left us, having resigned their commissions.  In order to fill these vacancies Second Lieut. Virgil H. Cate, of Company A, was promoted to first lieutenant of Company C; Sergt. Calvin Shedd, of Company C, was promoted to second lieutenant of Company A; Second Lieut. John H. Worcester, of Company H, was promoted to be first Lieutenant of the same company; and First Sergt. Charles H. Farley, of Company H, to be second lieutenant of the same company."  (Little, p. 60) 

Shedd mentions his promotion in a letter written on September 21, 1862, while he was in the General Hospital, Beaufort, South Carolina.  "I have got my Commission.  It is dated the 23d of July, so I was Orderly just 20 days; I have not been qualified yet, So, dont let on that I have got it, till I have been sworn in.  I am going into Co. A under Capt Cotton & 1st Liet Mason, I expect the Orderly, Philbirk, will be rather Icy for getting what he expected."  He continues to note that he is sad to be leaving Company C, however, "One thing I am thankfull for i.e. I have got rid of House & Lane & I hope their miserable jealousy."   As seen in the order pictured above, Shedd was qualified as second lieutenant on October 1, 1862, soon after his arrival in St. Augustine.