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Colonel Haldimand Sumner Putnam

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. 
December 5, 1861
March 6, 1862
April 19, 1862
April 25, 1862
May 4, 1862
May 19, 1862
June 1, 1862
September 29, 1862
October 10, 1862
December 11, 1862
January 1, 1863
February 13, 1863
February 21, 1863
February 22, 1863
February 26, 1863
March 11, 1863
April 2, 1863
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Colonel Haldimand Sumner Putnam
Roster entry:  Putnam, Haldimand S.  F. and S.; b. Cornish; age 25; res. Cornish; app. Col. Oct. 15, '61; killed July 18, '63, Ft. Wagner, S.C.

Haldimand S. Putnam was appointed as a cadet at West Point Academy at the age of 16 and graduated with high honors in 1857.  He served in the regular army and was stationed prior to the Civil War in the western frontier.  Lieutenant Putnam was called to Washington at beginning of the war and was commissioned by the governor of New Hampshire as colonel of the Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers in October 1861.  Colonel Putnam was well liked by the men who served under him, though he was reputed to be a strict disciplinarian.  Putnam was shot through the head while leading a charge on the parapet of Fort Wagner in July, 1863.  He died instantly, but his body was not  recovered.   (pp. 460-463).