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Posted May 11. 2013 2:20PM

Meredith's Samuel Noyes and the 12th New Hampshire infantry

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Few Union units were as esteemed for their collective strength as the 12th New Hampshire Infantry. It was magnet for strapping young fellows from the farms that dotted the state’s White Mountains. “No wonder that a regiment, having so many giant-like men, should have been called the ‘New Hampshire Mountaineers,’” mused one of its captains, Asa Bartlett, about the origin of the unit’s nickname.