Seventh Regiment (1885-Present) in 1897
Seventh Regiment in 2007
Above, a ribbon from the 1899, 23rd reunion of the 7th Regiment. Note the drawing of a fort on the ribbon. This represented Fort Wagner, the battle for which the 7th Regiment was widely renowned for fighting. There is a beautiful stained glass window commemorating the Fort Wagner battle in the main hall of the 7th Regiment building.
Below, 1901 ribbon, 25the reunion of the 7th Regiment, honoring Haldimand S. Putnam. An 1857 West Point graduate, Putnam became Colonel of the 7th Regiment in December 1861. As Brigadier General for the 2nd Brigade in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Putnam led not only the 7th Regiment, but also the 62nd and 67th Ohio and the 100th New York. He was killed in that battle.
Below, August 27-31, 1917 Seventh Regiment reunion ribbon honoring Corporal Charles A. Hale. Hale enlisted as a Corporal in Company C, of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry on September 28th, 1861, at the age of 20. After the war he traveled with one of the versions of the Gettysburg Cyclorama,, and was a Battlefield Guide. He is the person who tied the black bandana on Edward Cross’ head before the battle of Gettysburg. It is unknown what his connection was to the Seventh Regiment.
August 25-29, 1919 Seventh Regiment reunion ribbon honoring Lieutenant Heber J. Davis. Fought in the February 20, 1864 battle of Olustee, Florida. Wounded by minie-ball in neck, but had the ball extracted by the surgeon and continued to fight. Wounded again on May 14, 1864 and on October 27, 1864. Discharged March 27, 1865.
Seventh Regiment reunion, August, 1910, posed in front of their building.