Sargent, Andrew Jackson
Age: 28, credited to Barnet, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/12/1833, New London, NHADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Old Main Street Cemetery, New London, NH
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Capt. Andrew J. Sargent, the "Cap'n Jack" of military days, is, in a way, a connecting link between the past and present history of the town. The youngest of the fourteen children of Ezekiel Sargent whose oldest dau. was b. in the closing year of the eighteenth century, his grandfather, Peter Sargent the pioneer, was a man well along in years when he brought a family of twelve children to the new town, adding yet another daughter to the flock shortly after their arrival. The gallant captain himself has passed the threescore mark, and his youngest child has just completed the course at Colby academy; so that his own family history covers more than a century of the town's existence. Nevertheless there is no more active and progressive citizen in the town to-day, and none more interested in its welfare and advancement.Myra B. Lord, A History of the Town of New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, 1779-1899, (The Rumford Press, Concord, NH, 1899), pp. 523-525
Captain Sargent was b. in the house now known as " Hotel Sargent," was a student at the New London academy, and later at the academies at Andover and Mclndoes Falls, Vt. In May, 1855, he enlisted in the Tenth infantry, U.S.A., served one year, and was discharged with the rank of corporal and acting commissary. From that time till the outbreak of the Civil War he remained in N. L., where in 1858 he organized and was captain of the McCutchins Guards. Two days after the first call for troops in the Civil War, Captain Sargent offered his services to the state, and was at once ordered on recruiting duty, later receiving a commission as captain of Company G, First N. H. V. But the captain had previously contracted another important engagement, so, obtaining a few days leave of absence, he proceeded to Mclndoes Falls, Vt., and was there united in marriage to Miss Juliette Dewey on April 29. He served with his regiment before the defences of Washington, and under Patterson in the Shenandoah campaign, returning home when the regiment was mustered out in August. Feb. 13, 1862, he enlisted in the Eighth Vermont, was promoted to second lieutenant in July, and in September was taken prisoner with 135 others at Bayou des Allemands, but was exchanged and rejoined his command in February, 1863. He was slightly wounded during the siege of Port Hudson in June, and was promoted to first lieutenant in December. In January, 1864, the regiment re-enlisted in the field for three years, and in the next few months saw terrible fighting. In the bloody battle of Cedar Creek, Captain Sargent was severely wounded, and ordered home on furlough, where he remained until February, 1865. His regiment was mustered out a few days after he had joined it, and re-enlisting in March he served until the final muster-out June 28, 1865.
Returning to N. L., the McCutchins Guards was re-organized as the Messer Rifles, and Captain Sargent was its commander until his removal to Lawrence, Kan., in 1869. In 1885 he came back to his native town, and since that date has res. on the James Morgan place. He is a carpenter by trade, and " spryer" even now than many a younger man. In 1892 he was again chosen commander of the Messer Rifles, and is an influential member of Anthony Colby post, G. A. R., and of the New London Grange. In the years that she has lived here Mrs. Sargent has been an active worker in the various lines of social and religious duties, and has won many friends. She is the dau. of Calvin and Sarah (McNab) Dewey of Barnet, Vt., and was b. Dec. 29, 1841.
Courtesy of Jim Perkins, Archivist, New London Town Archives