War Records

French and Indian War

John Hood, grandson of the first Richard and father of the Revolutionary soldiers hereafter mentioned, served in the “Seven Years’ War, generally called the “French and Indian War. He was at the surrender of Cape Breton, July 26, 1758, the first great English success of the war. He was one of the men who scaled the cliffs and stood on the Plains of Abraham when Wolfe, their leader, was killed.–(Authority: Calvin Hood (5), my uncle, now living in Turner’s Pails, Mass.)

Revolutionary War

Richard (s), son of John and Elizabeth Redington Hood, entered the service of his country at the call of the “Lexington Alarm, Apr. m~, 1775, marching from Topsfield, Mass., and enlisting in Capt. Stephen Perkins’ Co. Term of service, 2 1-2 days. He enlisted again at Topsfield, May 10, 1775 in Capt. John Baker’s Co.,

Col. Little’s Regt. Service, 2 111. 27 d.–(Authority: Lexington Alarm Rolls, Vol. 13, p. 68.)

John Hood, born at Topsfield, Feb. 26, 1760, Son of John and Mary Kimball Hood, and brother of Richard Hood (s), enlisted in the service at the age of 15. He was at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, on picket duty upon the marsh near by, watching an English vessel to keep her men from landing. Also at the battles of Long Island and White Plains, and crossed the Delaware with Washington on Dec. 8, was in the battle of Princeton and for two months lived, with others, a life of unexampled suffering, without shoes and with clothing of rags going to his home 250 miles distant on foot, begging food on the way.

After a few weeks at home, he re-enlisted; on Sept. 11, 1777 was in battle of the Brandywine, and on Oct. 4, 1777, in that at Germantown. Went into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Dec. 11, and was discharged in 1778

In 1779 he went on a privateering cruise, was taken prisoner, carried to Halifax, put on the Prison Ship, where he suffered all but death. He was exchanged and returned to his home. In Sept, 1780, he was with our troops at the time of Arnold’s treachery, and next year at the surrender of Cornwallis. Thus he was in service 7 of the 8 years of the war.

In 1787, he was again in the field. His native town, Topsfield, was called upon to furnish troops for defense of law and order, at Shay’s Rebellion. No one could be found to lead in the enlistment, and failure was imminent. At length a veteran, but 26 years old, enrolled his name, to be followed by others. This veteran was John Hood. The Rebellion was quelled. (Authority: Memorials and Genealogy, by Rev. Geo. Hood, son of above John.)

Samuel Hood, brother of John, born May 1, 1762, was also a Revolutionary soldier. The writer has no record at hand of his service. It was without doubt as brave and faithful as was his brother’s.–(Authority: John H. Gould, late of Topsfield, Mass.)

Civil War

Wendell Phillips Hood (6), was a student at Brown University, Providence, R.I., when he heard his country’s call to enlist in her defense. He left his studies, and, with many of the young men in the College, was mustered into service, June, 1862, joining Co. A, 10th R. I. Vols., to see service in Virginia. he was discharged at expiration of term of enlistment, Sept., 1862.

He again enlisted Nov. 7, 1862, in Co. F, 48th Mass. Inf. He was acting Hospital Steward at Port Hudson and at Arsenal Hospital, Baton Rouge, La. Also a volunteer nurse on one of the ships of Bank’s expedition to the Gulf Dept., where spotted fever was prevalent.

He also saw service at Springfield Landing, near Baton Rouge, where he was sunstruck and had malarial fever from the effects of which he never recovered. He was discharged Sept. 3, 1863.

Joseph P. Hood (6) enlisted July 22, 1862 at Haverhill, Mass., in Co. F, (Capt. S. C. Oliver) 35th Mass. Regt. (Col. Wild.) He was in 21 engagements during his service, notably South Mountain and Antietam, Md., Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, No. Anna River, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Va., Knoxville and London, Tenn., Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss.

He was severely wounded, his left leg being crushed by the explosion of a mine at Petersburg, Va., July 30, 1864, was left to crawl from the enemy’s to our lines, whence he was carried to an improvised hospital, where his leg was amputated. This was so carelessly done that a second amputation was necessary, but it was still left in a deplorable state, and he never ceased to suffer from it. He was discharged Apr. 10, 1865, as Sergeant.

William B. Jenness, who married Amanda B. Hood (6), enlisted at Haverhill, Mass., Aug., 1862; was in Co. G, 35th Mass. Regt. He was wounded at the battle of Antietam, Sept, 7 1862 and discharged Dec. 31, 1862.

John P. Whipple, who married Cornelia P. Hood (6), enlisted in the First Michigan Lancers, (Capt. P. A. Andrews, of Ipswich, Mass.) Nov. 11, 1861. Was transferred to Co. L, 1st Mass. H. A., Feb. 20, 1862, which was stationed south of Washington, establishing defenses along the entire line. He was discharged Feb. 20, 1864 to re-enlist in same Co. and Regt. two days later. He was wounded in the left thigh in the battle at Petersburg, Va., June 16, 1864. Was in hospitals at City Point, Va., David’s Island, N. Y., Readville and Worcester, Mass.

While at the Dale General Hospital, Worcester, he was wounded in the right fore arm by the premature discharge of a cannon fired in honor of Lee’s surrender. Amputation of hand was necessary. He was discharged July 3, 1865, for disability.

Thaddeus Osgood, son of Thaddeus and Rebecca H (6) Osgood, was mustered into service in the 2d Mass. Unattached Co. Inf. and H. A. (Capt. Leonard G. Dennis.) He enlisted at Beverly. This Co. was detailed to the Port at Gloucester, and later helped recruit the 23rd Mass. Inf., that was stationed at Norfolk, Va. He was discharged at expiration of time of enlistment, July 7, 1865.

William S. Inman, who married Marcia Dodge Brown (7), was mustered into service July 15, 1864: Co. 1, 6th Mass. Inf. He was discharged at expiration of service, Oct. 27, 1864. (This Regt. was the “Old Sixth which went through Baltimore, Apr. 19, 1861, the first of the 9 mos. militia Regts., which were sent forward in 1862, and the first to go forward in 1864.)

Erratum

Instead of the first two lines on page 10, read:

Fanny May, b. Rochester, Minn., Mch. 17, 1869; d. Mch. 19, 1869.

Willine, b. Rochester, Minn., Mch. 17, 1869; d. July 17, 1869.

Addenda

The following Genealogy does not embrace all the families descended from Richard Hood, but only that succession in which the compiler of this work is found.

She is indebted to a little book called “A Genealogy of Richard Hood, by Rev. George Hood and once owned by Richard Hood of Danversport for the record from Richard Hood to Josiah Moulton Hood, her grandfather.

The details-names and dates, intervening-as well as the record of that succession in which the family of the above Richard Hood of Danversport is found can be seen in the little book referred to.

DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS.

January, 1899.