Edward E. Cross

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Edward E. Cross
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Born(1832-04-22)April 22, 1832
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Died July 3, 1863(1863-07-03) (aged 31)
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Place of burialLancaster, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 186063
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Commands held 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

American Civil War

Edward Ephraim Cross (April 22, 1832 July 3, 1863) was a newspaperman and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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Cross was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire, son of Ephram and Abigail (Everett) Cross; attended the common school and academy at Lancaster. When he was fifteen years old, he began writing as a printer for a local newspaper, the Coos Democrat. He later moved from New Hampshire to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked as a printer for the Cincinnati Times. He demonstrated writing skills and became a reporter for the newspaper, serving for a while as the paper's Washington correspondent. In 1854, he canvassed Ohio for the American (Know-Nothing) Party, was the Washington correspondent for the Cincinnati Times during two sessions of Congress, and also wrote articles for other newspapers including the New York Herald. [1]

Lancaster, New Hampshire Town in New Hampshire, United States

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On July 27, 1858, he left Cincinnati for Tubac, Arizona Territory, with the last contingent of the Santa Rita Silver Mining Company. [2]

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Cross invested in a series of mines and then established the territory's first newspaper, the Weekly Arizonian . He also served at times in the United States Army as a scout during occasional expeditions against the Apache. In 1860, he crossed the border into Mexico to command a Sonoran army garrison supporting the insurgency of Benito Juárez.

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On August 5, 1860, Colonel Cross, assigned to Fort Buchanan, presided a meeting of irate miners, at the ranch of Henry Theodore Titus, who demanded protection from depredations committed by Sonoran bandits. Cross enumerated the atrocities committed and paid a tribute of respect to the victims. [3]

Fort Buchanan, Arizona

Fort Buchanan was a United States Army post founded in 1856 three miles southwest of present-day Sonoita in Santa Cruz County, Arizona on the east slope of what is now called Hog Canyon. At the time, the area was under constant threat from hostile Apaches. Full-scale war with the local Chiricahua Apache was initiated by the Bascom affair in early 1861, during which Lieutenant George Nicholas Bascom and his patrol were based at Fort Buchanan.

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Civil War service

At the outset of the Civil War, he was commissioned as colonel of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. He led his regiment in the first division II Corps, establishing a reputation as one of the hardest-fighting, toughest officers in the army. Serving with distinction in the Battle of Seven Pines (where he fell wounded) and the Seven Days Battles, he again was wounded at the Battle of Antietam. Cross also led his regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chancellorsville. At Chancellorsville he briefly led an ad hoc fifth brigade in the 1st Division, II Corps.

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The 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment has the unfortunate distinction of having sustained the greatest total loss in battles of any infantry or cavalry regiment in the Union Army, with a total of 295 killed and 756 wounded, for a total of 1,051 men.

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During the Battle of Gettysburg, he led a brigade in 1st Division, II Corps. On July 2, 1863, the division was sent to the left flank to help stabilize it after the Confederates had begun attacking the salient formed by III Corps. Cross's brigade was formed on the left of the division's battle line as it entered the Wheatfield. During the fighting, Cross was mortally wounded while at the left of his line near the Rose Woods. He died the next day at a field hospital. His body was shipped home to Lancaster, New Hampshire, for burial in the town's cemetery.

Col H. Boyd McKeen of the 81st Pennsylvania Regiment succeeded to command of the brigade.


Cross was an impulsive and colorful officer. He is reported to have struck non-commissioned officers with the flat of his sword when angry. [4] When leading his regiment into action at Seven Pines, he told the troops "Charge like hell! Show them you are damn Yankees!"

Cross was notable for always wearing a red bandanna on his head rather than the traditional officer's hat. This was Cross's way of making it easier for his men to locate him quickly on the battlefield. However, on July 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock noticed that his bandanna was black rather than red. Col. Cross indicated that he had foreseen his own death this day and that black was more appropriate. That morning, he had also looked over some ambulances behind the lines and remarked "We shan't want any of your death wagons today."


  1. Edward Ephraim Cross folder, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson.
  2. New York Herald-Tribune, July 31, 1858, p. 3
  3. “Interesting From Arizona,” New York Herald, Sept. 12, 1860, p. 10.
  4. Gottfried, p. 114.

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