4th Maine, Four Identified CDVs

One officer and three enlisted men, with one in civilian clothes. The rakish looking officer is ink signed beneath portrait, Yours/Lieut. Sawyer with E. Crockett, Rockland, ME. imprint. Charles F. Sawyer joined as Sergeant Major; promoted 1st Lieut. & Adjutant 12/63. As regimental Adjutant, Sawyer was “present” at Gettysburg. Captain Sawyer later transferred to Co. C, 1st Maine sharpshooters /20th Maine; m/o 7/65. The civilian CDV is lightly signed in period pencil, William Caswell over a G.W. Tuttle, Thomaston, Me. back mark. This is presumably Private William Caswell who joined Co. C 6/61. Caswell was “present” at Gettysburg where he was captured on July 2; died while a POW at Richmond (11/1/63).

Pencil signed Private Levi Murphy/4th Maine Regiment wears a military vest beneath a civilian frock coat by Hagaman, Philadelphia. Of Company C, Murphy was discharged for disability 11/62. Another enlisted Private is identified in pencil, Frank A. Sherman, Co. H, over a Kimberley Bros, Fortress Monroe imprint. Private Sherman is listed as “present” at Gettysburg and was later WIA at the Wilderness (5/5/64), resulting in the amputation of his left arm.

4th Maine, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps

The 4th Maine was organized at Rockland in June 1861 and served in the Washington defenses and at First Bull Run where the regiment sustained 86 casualties including many prisoners. The regiment was assigned to the 3rd Corps and participated in the unrelenting summer fighting of 1862 marked by losses at Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, and Chantilly. The regiment was heavily engaged at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

At Gettysburg, the regiment fought on the extreme left of Sickles’ 3rd Corps line on July 2nd engaged in a running fight near the Peach Orchard in the gorge at Devils Den against Robertson’s and Law’s brigades of Hood’s division. In the subsequent close quarters mêlée—with bayonets fixed—near the base of Little Round Top, the 4th Maine sacrificed 22 men killed, 38 wounded, and 56 missing before falling back at sunset from the bloody ground they named the “Valley of Death.”

The regiment marched with the Army of the Potomac during Grant’s Overland Campaign fattening the casualty list at the Wilderness and North Anna River before finally mustering out July 19, 1864.

Provenance:The Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection

Condition:Two cartes with minor wear G, else near VG. All with moderate soiling

Estimate: $250 - $350
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