Evarts W. Farr.

State House in Concord Has Historical Inaccuracy on Display That’s Almost Unforgivable

If you haven’t been to the State House in Concord, you’re missing a historical treat. It is the oldest statehouse in the United States (completed in 1819) and the legislature still sits in its original chambers. You can take a self-guided tour or stop by the Visitors Center and perhaps you may be able to get a guided tour.

Throughout the three floors of the State House you’ll see portraits hanging on the wall of past elected officials. On the first floor is one in particular that caught my eye. It is that of a Major in the 11th Regiment Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: Evarts W. Farr. After the war, he studied law and became a two-term Congressman from New Hampshire.

The text under the portrait says that Major Farr was shot in an engagement in Williamsburg, Virginia in April of 1862 which resulted in the amputation of his left arm. But…the portrait clearly shows the Major holding a sword with his left arm.

Evarts W. Farr.Evarts plaque

A call to the Visitors Center (271-2154) erased the confusion. The plaque is wrong and the portrait is right. The correction is being made to the plaque as of this writing. But it’s things like that that help make a special connection with New Hampshire’s past.

Check out the Hall of Flags while you’re there which features 107 New Hampshire battle flags representing the Civil War, Spanish–American War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Peter St. James

Peter St. James is a native Maine-er living in self-imposed exile in New Hampshire for over thirty years. In that time, he has been employed by New Hampshire advertising agencies and radio stations. Along the way being recognized for his creative writing and broadcast efforts by the NH Association of Broadcasters, the Ad Club of NH, The Associated Press and the Outdoor Writers Association of America as well being the recipient of national Summit and Telly awards for his television production work. In 2014, he was named the New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the NH Association of Broadcasters. As host of the Good Morning New Hampshire on WTPL-FM 107.7 since 2004, he feels strongly that much of New Hampshire’s public identity is shaped by the past and current efforts of the agriculture, timber and outdoor communities. His longstanding promotion efforts on behalf of the agriculture and forestry communities have been recognized by the Department of Agriculture, the NH Timberland Owners Association and the NH Fish and Game Department. As a hunter, fisherman and licensed fishing guide, Peter is a recognized outdoor writer with monthly columns in regional publications as well as writing and hosting a weekly outdoor radio program that is distributed to radio stations around the state. Since late 2009, Peter has worked with the NH National Guard interviewing deployed NH soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Japan and other countries giving them the opportunity to stay in touch with family, friends and interested listeners at home. In 2011, he was embedded in Kuwait for a week with the 197th FAB doing daily radio shows from five military bases and was with an element of the New Hampshire National Guard on a humanitarian mission to El Salvador in 2014 where he did daily broadcasts on WTPL. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal presented by the New Hampshire National Guard. He’s also completed the Commandants National Security Program at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Peter is a twenty five year resident of Warner and if you don’t find him home, he’s either fishing, hunting or in Wyoming or New Mexico elk hunting!