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 Posted: Thu Dec 11th, 2008 12:18 am
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I found this on a history of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteers Web site:

"The first encounter with the enemy was on March 13, 1862 at Rappahannock Station. Men of the Fifth got no more opportunity then to fire a few parting shots at the withdrawing Rebel forces and suffered no casualties. This would be the first and only time in it's history that the regiment sustained no losses in combat and it's ironic that they would become known as the "Bloodless Fifth".

That explains the misleading 'Bloodless Fifth' nickname, but I couldn't find out anything about shoemakers.

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