4th Maine Soldiers, Four Identified CDVs

One officer and three enlisted men, with one in civilian dress. The first CDV of an Officer is ink signed Capt. Geo. S. Crabtree, Co. C, no back mark. Crabtree entered as Sergeant 6/61; was promoted 2nd Lieut. 9/61; WIA Chantilly (9/1/62); resigned 1/7/63. Private Thayer signed his carte in ink on verso, which also has a Turner, Phila. backmark. Private Thayer joined Co. B 6/61; was WIA at Chantilly (9/1/62); transferred to Invalid Corps 11/64. Private Harrison Simmons is pencil signed with Hopkins, Annapolis, Md. imprint. Simmons served briefly in the regiment in 1861 and 1864; m/o 7/64. Musician John R. Teague/Camp Perry Band, was photographed in a civilian frock coat by George M. How, Portland. Discharged in 3/62, Teague re-enlisted in the 7th Maine, later transferring to the 1st Maine Veteran Infantry; m/o 6/65.

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:Cartes with moderate edge wear and soiling, near VG.

Estimate: $300 - $400
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