Rodney Perham m Anne E Amazeen 25 January 1864

Rodney Perham was born about 1831 in Lyndeborough NH, grandson of Revolutionary War soldier Oliver Perham.  In the 1850 census, he lived in Lydeborough with his parents and siblings.  He was a farmer.  Some time before 1855, he moved to Lowell, MA, and is listed in the Massachusetts state census working as a laborer.  He was apparently counted twice in the 1860 census, living with his family in Lyndeborough, a farm laborer, and also boarding with a family in nearby Wilton, where his occupation is listed as “operator of milk car.” 

Rodney enlisted in the army 19 May 1862, serving in Company E, 9th NH infantry.  He was promoted to sergeant on 6 August 1862.  He received a gunshot wound to his arm on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.  He mustered out on 15 May 1865 in Concord NH.  Statistics about his regiment indicate that 155 officers and enlisted men were killed, and 254 died of disease or accident. 

Excerps from: Regimental History  NINTH REGIMENT NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.  By GEORCE L. WAKEFIELD, late Sergeant Company C, Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry.

The record of the Ninth New Hampshire is one of arduous campaigns, followed by comparative rest. It suffered in battle at Antietam and Fredericksburg, and in the mud at Falmouth ; was cheered by the comforts of Newport News, and feasted in Kentucky ; had its ranks depleted by disease in Mississippi, and returning to the Blue Grass region, recuperated for the hazardous march over the mountains of East Tennessee. At Annapolis it welcomed recruits and convalescents’ in preparation for the bloody ordeals of Spottsylvania, the “Mine”, and Poplar Springs Church, and for the wearisome waiting before Petersburg.

The Ninth Regiment found its corps at Leesboro, Md., and with the First Brigade, moved forward to check Lee’s advance.

On September 13 it bivouacked at Middleton; and on the 14-just twenty days after its departure from New Hampshire- the Ninth Regiment alone charged a rebel brigade, and drove it from the crest of South Mountain. No other New Hampshire regiment went into battle with so little experience. Two days later, September 17, at 9 A. M., the Ninth was ordered to the front at Antietam, and took position on the left, opposite the “stone bridge” over the creek. After two hours, exposure to an incessant musketry fire at short range, from an enemy posted on the high and heavily wooded bank across the stream, the bridge was carried by storm, the Ninth being one of the first regiments over. It fought all day, and that night guarded the bridge.

May 10 the division marched to the front, near Spottsylvania, and came under artillery fire. The following day it was withdrawn, marched to the rear, and given six days’ rations. At daybreak, on the 12th; after an all-night exposure to a violent rainstorm, the Ninth, occupying the extreme right of its corps, and numbering about five hundred muskets, took part in the charge that was ordered along the whole line, companies I and G deployed as skirmishers, capturing about fifty prisoners. On account of the unevenness of the ground, the regiment became separated from its brigade, and advanced beyond it into “Bloody Angle,” just in time to meet the enemy’s advance and save the left of the Second Corps.

Here the Ninth became involved in its fiercest conflict. The enemy, in heavy force, met the regiment in front, and quickly moved around its left flank. Though bullets were rapidly thinning its ranks, and the left was wholly unprotected, yet, rallying around its colors, the Ninth met this onslaught with such a stubborn resistance that the enemy was thrown back to his works. The battalion fell back steadily a short distance, and established and held a line with the rest of its brigade. In this engagement the Ninth sustained a loss in killed, wounded, and missing, of over two hundred. The survivors were placed on picket at the apex of the angle formed by the lines of the Second and Ninth corps. During the night the enemy withdrew, but the regiment retained its position, doing some skirmishing, until the 18th. An advance was ordered then, and the Ninth, acting with other regiments as a support to the Irish Brigade of the Second Corps, was heavily engaged.

E N G A G E M E N T S.

South Mountain, Md. Sept. 14, 1862

Antietam, Md. Sept. 17, 1862

White Sulphur Springs, Va. Nov. 15, 1862

Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 13, 1862

Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. June 14 to July 4, 1863

Jackson, Miss. July 10- 16, 1863

Wilderness, Va. May 6, 7, 1864

Spottsylvania, Va. May 10- 18, 1864

Battles Fought

Fought on 14 Sep 1862 at South Mountain, MD.

Fought on 17 Sep 1862 at Antietam, MD.

Fought on 13 Dec 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA.

Fought on 13 Jul 1863 at Jackson, MS.

Fought on 27 Feb 1864 at Cumberland Gap, TN.

Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 7 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 12 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.

Fought on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.

Anna E Amazeen was born about 1842 in New Hampshire.  She married Rodney Perham in Milford NH on 25 January, 1864.  Rodney was still active in the military, so perhaps they married while he was home on leave.

In 1870, the Rodney and Anna lived in Wilton NH, where Rodney worked in a woolen factory.  Their daughter Eva Belle was born about 1875.  She is the only child I have found for them.  Rodney changed professions, as by 1874, he was listed in Haverhill and Bradford MA city directories as being a boot or shoe stitcher.  He continued at this profession at least through 1886. 

Anna died in 1889.  Rodney was listed on the 1890 Veterans Schedule.  He was still listed as living in Bradford, but apparently retired, as no occupation was listed.  He died 23 Dec 1896, and cause of death was “hemipligia” which is total paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body, as acquired from a stroke.

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2 Comments

  1. May 4, 2015 at 19:14

    I am Eva Belle Perham’s granddaughter. She was born 12 Dec 1874, daughter of Edward West and Mae Riley. She was adopted by the Perham’s in 1880. She died in 1956.

    • sooze471 said,

      May 4, 2015 at 20:26

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment. I had guessed that Edward and Mae were her parents. Her mother died in 1878 of consumption. I think that Eva’s birth grandparents were Elbridge and Abbie West, and Thomas and Sarah Riley, but I haven’t researched her family beyond that. Eva is my first cousin 3x removed. Rodney Perham’s father is my 3rd ggrandfather.


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