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completely shattered. He survived his army service less
than five years, and died lamented and mourned by a
large circle of friends.

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Maj. Daniel S.^iith.

Maj. Daniel Smith was a son of Winthrop Smith, Esq.,
of Durham, Strafford County, N. H. He was born at
that place on the 27th of January, 1823. After graduat-
ing from the public schools of his native town, he
attended, for several terms, the academies at Greenland
and Pittsfield. In early life he adopted the business of
land surveyor, which, to him, proved eminently success-
ful. In 1850, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of
the Twenty-fifth Regiment of New Hampshire militia ;
and besides, filled many positions of honor and trust in
his native town. In 1854, he removed to Dover, and
from 1855 to i860 he was a deputy sheriff for Strafford
County, city marshal of Dover lor three years, and a
representative from that city to the popular branch of the
New Hampshire legislature in 1S60 and 1861. For his
character as a man, and for the many desirable qualities
he possessed for the position, he was appointed and com-
missioned major of the Seventh Regiment, on the 15th of
October, 1861. He went with his regiment to New York
city, thence to Fort Jefferson, Fla., where he served ably
and acceptably as provost marshal, until the regiment
moved to Beaufort, S. C, where he was seized with
fever ; he was permitted to go home on a leave of absence,
arriving at his home in a very feeble condition, and died
on the 26th of August, 1862, leaving a widow and four
children. As a citizen. Major Smith was highly respected
and discharged all official and public duties with intelli-
gence and fidelity. While in the army, his promptness,
valor, and uniform cheerfulness and kindness to the offi-
cers and men won for him the confidence, respect, and
affection of all with whom he became associated.

472 History of the Seventh Regiment

Maj. Jeremiah S. Durgin.

Jeremiah Smith Durgin, son of John and Susan Durgin,
was born in Canterbury, N. H., December 19, 1810.
He was married, November 28, 1S38, to CaroHne Farnum,
and followed the trade of carpenter and joiner until 1841,
and resided in West Concord, N. H. He then moved to
Springfield, N. H., and engaged in the hotel business at
the old Stickney stand, this being in the olden time when
traveling was almost wholl}' performed by stages ; in
1844, he removed to Andover Centre, N. H., and kept the
Moulton stand, a well known tavern in those days, remain-
ing there a few years, when he leased the old Kearsarge
House, a noted hostelry at Potter Place, N. H. While
residing at this place the New Hampshire Northern rail-
road was constructed, which wholly destroyed the old-time
stage traffic. In 185 1, he removed to Fisherville (now
Penacook), N. H., where he leased the Washington
House, of which he was landlord nearl}- all of the time
until his enlistment in the Seventh New Hampshire, and
during a portion of the time held the position of deputy
sheriff, and was for a time one of the town officers.

He early showed a love for military training, and was
commissioned as major of the Eleventh Regiment of New
Hampshire militia, as earlv as 1839 ' ^^ ^^^^ breaking out
of the rebellion in 1861, he at once began to assist in rais-
ing troops for the service : and in the fall of that year
was largely instrumental in raising Company E, of the
Seventh New Hampshire ; was commissioned captain of
that company November 12, 1861 ; was detailed as pro-
vost marshal at St. Augustine, Fla., during the time the
Seventh was stationed at that post. He followed the for-
tunes of the regiment, serving with distinction, and was
very popular with the company he commanded. Captain
Durgin was promoted to major September 30, 1864, and
when the regiment was ordered to North Carolina, he was

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left in charge of the convalescent camp in Virginia, and
reported to his regiment soon after the taking of Fort
Fisher ; was mustered out with the other officers of the
regiment, July 20, 1865, . and returned to his home in
Fisherville (now Penacook), N. H. ; but the exposure
incident to his army life caused disabilities which com-
pletely wrecked his health and increased in severity each
year, until January 19, 1867, when he died very suddenly
of apoplexy. He had three sons in the service, two in the
Second New Hampshire, and one in the Eighteenth N. H.

Major Durgin was a man of fine physique, affable and
kind ; beloved by both officers and men. He would pay
strict attention to a complaint from an enlisted man and
would do his utmost to correct any mistake whereby any
soldier would in the least be wronged. When captain of
Company E, he alwa3's took the best of care of his men,
and carefully saw that his company received their rations
and clothing as the Army Regulations provided ; and he
exerted a sort of fatherly care over Company E, which
the men never forgot, and which the survivors of that com-
pany and other members of the regiment will always

Surg. W. W. Brown.

Surg. William Whittier Brown was born in Vershire,
Vt., in 1805, and after attending the schools in his native
town, he continued his studies at the academies of Brad-
ford and Randolph, Vt., and in 1825 he was a pupil in
the academy at Hudson, N. Y. In 1827 and 1828, he
taught school in the State of New York ; at the age of
twenty-three he began the study of medicine with John
Poole, M. D., at Bradford, Vt. He attended lectures at
Hanover, N. H., and graduated from the New Hampshire
Medical Institution in 1830. He at once went into prac-

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