The 2nd New Hampshire Regiment

  • Authorized on May 22, 1775 in the New Hampshire State Troops as the 2d new Hampshire Regiment.
  • Organized between May 24- June 18, 1775 under the command of Colonel Enoch Poor, at Exeter to consist of 10 companies from Strafford and Rockingham Counties.
  • Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Reorganized and redesigned on January 1, 1776 as the 8th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 Companies.
  • Relieved on April 15, 1776 from Sullivans Brigade and assigned to the Canadian Department.
  • Relieved on July 2 from the Canadian Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
  • Assigned on July 20, 1776 to Reed's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.
  • Relieved on July 23, 1776 from Reed's Brigade and assigned to Stark's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.
  • Releved on November 26 from Stark's Brigade and assigned to the Main Continental Army (later to Sullivan's Brigade)
  • Reorganized and redesignated on January 1, 1777 as the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, to consist of 8 companies.
  • Relieved on February 14, 1777 from Sullivan's Brigade and assigned to the Northern Department.
  • Assigned on April 28, 1777 to the New Hampshire Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.
  • July 7, 1777, it was under command of Col. Nathan Hale, who was taken prisoner with the entire regiment at Hubbardton, Vermont.
  • New Hampshire Brigade relieved on October 20, 1777 from the Northern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Reorganized on December 23, 1778 to consist of 9 companies.
  • New Hampshire Brigade relieved on August 19, 1781 from the Main Army and assigned to the Highlands Department .
  • New Hampshire Brigade relieved between October 10-14, 1781 from Highlands Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
  • New Hampshire Brigade relieved on November 12, 1782 from Northern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Reorganized and redesignated on March 1, 1783 as the New Hampshire Battalion, to consist of 4 companies.
  • Consolidated on June 22, 1783 with the New Hampshire Regiment (see 1st New Hampshire Regiment)

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UNIT HISTORY

The 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, also known as the 8th Continental Regiment, was formed in early May of 1775, as the second of three Continental Army regiments raised by the state of New Hampshire during the American Revolutionary War. Its first commander was Colonel Enoch Poor, with Joseph Cilley as major. The 2nd NH would see action at the Battle of Trois-Rivières, Battle of Trenton, Battle of Princeton, Battle of Hubbardton, Battle of Saratoga, Battle of Monmouth, the Sullivan Expedition and the Battle of Yorktown. At Hubbardton Col. Hale and part of the regiment were captured by the British Army. During the summer of 1783, the 2nd NH and the 3rd NH were merged into the 1st New Hampshire Regiment and were disbanded on January 1, 1784.

The 2nd New Hampshire's Regimental colours that were captured at Hubbardton and returned to the state of New Hampshire are now housed at the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire. It is one of only a few American battle flags from the American Revolution known to still exist.

This idea is under some dispute. The colors containing the motto "The Glory Not the Prey." likely served the New Hampshire Brigade. The other colors captured at the time, the linked 13 rings, were likely divisional colors.

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