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Subject: [GM-L] Lieut Royal B. Prescott Line of descent and military history
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 17:51:25 EDT
Subject: Lieut. Royal Prescott 13th Reg. NH Vol's Infantry
Source: Prescott Memorial by William Prescott 1870
John Prescott/Mary Platts Line, Lancaster, MA 1640
Jonas Prescott b. at Lancaster, MA June 1648 son of
John Prescott (founder of Lancaster, MA) and his wife,
Jonas Prescott m. Dec 14, 1672 Mary Loker dau of John
Loker and wife, Mary (Draper) Loker of Sudbury, MA.
p.47 Their son, Jonas Prescott Jr. b. Oct 26, 1678 m.
Oct 15, 1699, Thankful Wheeler of Concord, MA
p.53 Their son Ebenezer Prescott b. July 19, 1700 m.
Hannah Farnsworth of Groton, MA She was the dau of
John Farnsworth and his wife Hannah (Aldis) who was
descended from Rev. John Eliot, Apostle to the Indians,
a great neice) Ebenezer Prescott and Hannah (Farnsworth)
Prescott resided at Westford, MA.
p.72 Their son David Prescott b. 1728 m. Abigail Wright.
He died at Groton (near Westford), MA Feb 9, 1774.
p.103 Their son, Samson Prescott b. 1762 m. Lucy Blood
b. May 10, 1763. He served in the Revolution at Bunker
p.148 Their son Phineas W. Prescott b. 1802 m. 1833
Mary C. Gates dau of Eli and Anna (Dakin) Gates of
Stow, MA a direct descendant of General Horatio Gates
of the Revolution. They resided in Nashua, NH
p.201 Their son Lieut. Royal Blood Prescott
Royal Blood Prescott was born Jan 26, 1839 at Nashua
New Hampshire. By occupation he was a printer. As the
rebellion progressed he became greatly interested for
the safety and perpetuity of the government and the
nation and in August, 1862, he enlisted as a private in
Company E, George N. Julian, Capt., 13th Reg. New Hamp-
shire Volunteer Infantry, A. F. Stevens, Colonel. In
the following November he was promoted to hospital stew-
ard, which duties he performed to the satisfaction of
his superior officers until Nov 3, 1864 when he was pro-
moted to a first Lieutanent by a commission dated Oct.
28th and placed in command of Company C, of said regi-
ment, which position he held until the close of the
rebellion. He led the first body of men (a portion of
the picket line, of about 100 in number) that entered
Richmond after the defeat of Lee (* see footnote below),
for which he was commended by the officers in command.
During his command of Company C, he formed part of a
garrison of a fort situated between the James and
Appomattox rivers, condsiderably in advance of the line
of fortifications. It was a small but strong earthwork
with a moat and abattis for protection. It was a situa-
tion that required great caution and vigilance, and as
recent as his commission was dated, he outranked the
other officers and the command devolved on him, which he
performed with signal tact and foresight, harassed as they
were by almost constant alarm.
In honor and justice to the New Hampshire 13th it is
officially stated that no officer belonging to it has
ever been cashiered or dismissed from the service. That
the men won for the regiment a character for efficiency
and integrity second to none in the service. It captured
five pieces of artillery in one charge and with its
division took sixteen pieces more. It captured three
battle-flags and took more prisoners from the enemy than
the numbers of its own ranks and was never driven from
the field or from its position by the enemy. In Nov.
1864, the regiment was authorized by the commanding
general to place upon its national color the names and
dates of the fifteen engagements in which it had borne
an honorable part, to wit:
1. Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862
2 & 3. Siege of Suffolk, April and May 1863.
4. Welthal Road, May 7, 1864.
5 & 6. Swift Creek, May 9 and May 10, 1864.
7 & 8. Kingland Creek, May 12 and 13, 1864.
9 & 10. Drury's Bluff, May 14 and 16, 1864.
11 & 12. Cold Harbor, June 1 and 3, 1864
13. Battery 5, Petersburg, June 16, 1864.
14 & 15. Battery Harrison, Sept. 29 & 30, 1864.
See New Hampshire Adjutant General's Report for 1864 and
1865, pages 324-339.
During his services as hospital steward, Lieut. Prescott
became interested in the profession of medicine and the
surgeon of the regiment, being an acquaintance and friend
of his, encouraged the inclination and furnished him with
books to peruse during his leisure hours. By these acts
of kindness he became so much a lover of the science that
after his discharge from the army he resumed the study
of medicine with Dr. S. A. Richardson his friend, above
alluded to, who had served as surgeon of the l3th regi-
ment. He attended the course of lectures at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons in NY in the winter of 1866 and
in the following spring entered the course of lectures
at the Long Island Medical College in Brooklyn, NY where
he graduated. After their termination he spent a short
vacation at home in Nashua, NH with his widowed mother
when he returned to New York City and attended a second
course of lectures at the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, at the close of which he commenced the practice
of his profession in New York City where he had a
Footnote: The brigade, of which the 13th New Hampshire
Regiment formed a part, was the first large body of men
to enter Richmond and which immediately followed Lieut.
Prescott's command and as the 13th New Hampshire held
the right of the brigade, that regiment entered at the
head of the column and its flag was the first to wave
over the fallen Confederate capital.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth