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4th Maine Soldiers, Four CDVs

One officer and three enlisted men. The officer is pencil identified as Kendall K. Rankin, Co. D, who joined as Sergeant in 6/61 and m/o 7/64. A thumbnail tintype is ink signed George F. Knowlton/4 Maine Co. I. Knowlton enlisted 6/61 and transferred to the 19th Maine 7/64. A period copy shot depicts Sergeant William H. Tripp, Co. H, who also transferred to the 19th Maine 7/64. Tripp was "present" at Gettysburg as Corporal. The last carte with Hunting's, Belfast, Me. imprint is an unidentified private with a blurred 4 within the kepi infantry bugle.

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:CDVs in VG. condition. The Tripp copyshot is dark, lacking definition and detail.

Estimate: $200 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$206
06/21/2013

 

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