Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth  

Killed at Gettysburg - July 2rd 1863

" Corporal Wentworth was "third son of Clarke and Harriet (Kaime) Wentworth [ of Moultonborough].... United in marriage to Ida Mills in the spring of 1861. ... He was in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, receiving a slight wound in the first and instantly killed in the last named battle.

"A comrade says: 'He was a kind and affectionate brother, a steady young man, and a constant reader of the Bible. He had many friends."

From Complete Roster of the Twelfth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, by Capt. A. W. Bartlett, Ira C. Evans, Printer, 1897


Corp Joseph F Wentworth

"The portrait was taken at Concord, N.H. on September 9,1862, the day Joseph was mustered in to the 12th  Regiment, Company G."

"There were more different counties and towns represented in Company G than in any other in the Regiment. Joseph enlisted in Moultonborough, the place of his birth, at the age of 21. Regimental history states that those from Moultonborough had intended to enlist, "sooner or later than they did, but the enthusiasm and desire dependent on raising the Twelfth immediately, made many changes and swept everything before it/'"

"Joseph was a brave young man who loved to read, particularly his Bible, which he carried with him constantly — even into battle. He fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, where he was killed instantly during that battle on July 2,1863."

J. P. Fahey                          

Corp. Joseph F Wentworth

Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth

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Company G, 12th NH Volunteer Infantry

Born: Moultonborough, NH June 28, 1841;

Married Ida M. Mills of Sanford, ME June 25, 1861; she remarried November 10, 1870 to Alvin M. Fox of Acton, Me; he was grandson of Jonathan and Betsy Wentworth Fox.

Residence: Moultonborough

Credited: Moultonborough

Enlisted: August 15, 1862

Mustered in: September 9, 1862 as a Private

Appointed Corporal, February 1, 1863; wounded at Chancellorsville; killed at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

Corp. Joseph F. Wentworth - Civil War Letters

Thank you Jane Rice for transcribing these letters.

Letter one from October 13th, 1862



October 13                         12 NH Vol. Camp near fort


Dear Sister I reseived your letter

day before yesterday and was very

glad indeed to here from you

I am well and hope this will

find you all the same

we fare pretty well now sometimes

we have rather poor grub and other

times good we dont live and dont

expect to as we should at home

we have to lay on the ground with a

little straw.

it has been as cold here for a

day or two as it is generaly

in N.H. the middle or last

of Oct. I have worn my over

coat about all the time for two

days. we have had quite a rain

and it is quite muddy here now


Frank Gillman is not out here

he was in this Co. but when

his Father herd that he had inlisted

he sent to his mother not to

let him go and she came down

 to Concord and got him so he

is not here if you get this before

you go home you tell them and

let Ida know go over and see her

she would be very glad to see

you without a doubt do it give my

love to all inquiring friends


I wrote to Ida that we was going

from here day before yesterday but

we did not go and dont know

when we shall go now

I hope this horable war will settled up soon we must trust in God that

it may


I sat on the prade the other

day writing a letter for a sick

felow and we herd the report

of a gun and herd a ball

whistle over head and herd

a man screem I jumped and

ran to the man and was the

first one to get to him had

his gun loaded with both

hands over the mussel and part

and puled it off and the hole

charge went through the

wright hand and bloded one finger

from the left they had to

cut off his write hand it looked


I cant think of much more to

write I would tell you a little

about the countary if I did

not feel so lazzy



there is neare where we camp hundre

of acers of wood and timber cut

and wood is worth five dollars

a cord here

the wood is mostly hard wood

white & black and read oak chesnut

hickery mapple very large all

they from thre to the ½ feet

they have called us to

diner and cant think of

any more to write so

            good bye

From your affactionate


            J.F. Wentworth

I would like to step in and see you all


Letter two from April 20th, 1863


Camp near Falmouth VA april 20, 1863

Dear sister it is with much plasure that I

improve this lasure moment to answer your letter it has

been some days sense I got it but have busy and trust

you will excuse me  for my neglince. I was very glad indeed

to here from you but I was sorry to here that Williams boys

are dead. I had a letter from Lavia the day before I got yours

and she sed that Ransom was dead and the next day I

 had one from Ida she sad they both are dead that so

sad news indeed it is hard for William I am sorry

but prehaps it is all for the best althrough it seems

hard to say so but prehaps this war is all for the best but

we cant see it so who knows what good may derive from it

tis God only knows the end of all things and in his

hands we trust that all thrings are for the best now I

should like to come home and would give any thing in my power

to have this war closed but I trust it is all coming out for

the best I cant help thinking so but it seems hard to have

to stay here and miss other things of arcurence at home but Gods

will be done. I cant seem to colect my scatered thoughts to

write much so you will excuse me with a short letter is it warm

here the grass is pretty green the peach trees all in bloom it

is summer like here we have been under marching ordors for

a week with 8 days rasions I shall have to close for it is  most

time for the male to close and I want to send it by this male

Please except ofmy love as a brother of yours

with respect

                                                J.F. Wentworth


(According to the Wentworth genealogy, Ransom and Elmer were sons of Joseph’s borther William, who both died young).