3rd Maine Soldiers, Four Identified CDVs

Three officers and one enlisted man. First is Captain William C. Morgan, Co. F, with his name, rank, and regiment set in typeface beneath the portrait, no back mark. Captain Morgan joined as Private in 10/61 and commanded the company at Gettysburg. He was promoted to Major in 5/64 and later in the month was mortally wounded at North Anna River (died 5/23/64). Captain Henry P. Worcester, Co. F, wears his Kearny Cross in a vignette by J.S. Hendee, Augusta. Worchester enlisted as Corporal and became Captain in 11/63. He was on detached service in Maine during Gettysburg.

A carte by Moffat & Simpson, Key West, Fla. is ink-signed A. B. Hall/U.S.A., who served as regimental Adjutant for a short time before being discharged 11/61 to accept a Captaincy in a USCT regiment. Pencil signed Sergeant David O. Ring by G.W. Butler, Bath, died on 10/15/62.

3rd Maine, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps

Organized in Augusta in June 1861, the 3rd Maine served with the 3rd Corps through March 1864. It fought at First Bull Run losing nearly 50 casualties and suffered heavily during the Seven Days fighting and subsequent battles—Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly—that raged during the summer of 1862. The 3rd Maine lost 9 killed and wounded at Fredericksburg and nearly five times that many at Chancellorsville.

At Gettysburg, the 3rd Maine will be remembered for the savage defensive battle in the Peach Orchard. On July 2nd the regiment participated in a reconnaissance in force crossing the Emmitsburg Road preceded by elements of Berdan’s 1st US Sharpshooters. While forming up to eject Rebel skirmishers from a dense stretch of woods, the 3rd Maine came face to face with columns of Wilcox’s advancing Alabama brigade intent on attacking the Union left. An intense exchange of volley fire ensued lasting about 25 minutes before the “bugle sounded retreat” and the Federals fell back before the gray onslaught. After an “unaccountable sluggishness” lasting several hours, Lafayette McLaws division finally surged forward in a furious late afternoon assault on the Peach Orchard.

A grim but futile defense ensued but the Union salient was overwhelmed by enfilade fire and abruptly gave way. The 3rd Maine was “wrapped in a vortex of fire” and was “hurled out of the Orchard by overwhelming numbers.” The survivors retreated to the second line held by Hancock Corps. Later that night only 97 men reported “present” for roll call.

The veteran 3rd Maine participated in the early phase of Grant’s Overland Campaign during the early summer of 1864, seeing heavy fighting at the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania Court House. The valiant regiment mustered out of service on June 18, 1864, having suffered 135 men killed and wounded.

Provenance:The Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection

Condition:Three officer cartes VG. Ring CDV with wear and minor damage, still G.

Estimate: $450 - $550
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