Biography and History

Newton Timothy Hartshorn enlisted in the New Hampshire National Guard shortly after the beginning of hostilities. In October 1861, he enlisted in the regular army, joining the U.S. Engineer Corps. Advancing from private to corporal in October, 1862, he saw extensive service and was engaged in the construction of pontoon bridges and fortifications. In April 1864, he was commissioned Captain of Company C, War Department Rifles, and was assigned to duty at the White House, guarding president Lincoln. His brother, Vaola John Hartshorn (1835-1900), was a minister and never married.

Source: From the finding aid for C1073