June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


4th Maine Soldiers, Four Identified CDVs

Three officers and one enlisted man. First is a period copy shot of William L. Pitcher, Co. H, as Captain with imprint of S.W. Sawyer, Bangor. Pitcher was promoted to Major 3/62; and KIA at Fredericksburg (12/13/62). A vignette portrait of a company grade officer with Brady imprint is ink signed on verso, S.S. Stearns .1st Lieut. Solomon S. Stearns, Co. F, was commissioned 1/62 and was captured at Gettysburg on July 2 during the fighting at Devil’s Den. He was confined at Macon and upon exchange later m/o 7/64.

Another company grade officer is tentatively identified as Captain Edwin Libby, Co. D, who commanded the company at Gettysburg and was later KIA Wilderness (5/5/64). A thumbnail tintype is ink identified as Fred D. Aldus/4 Maine, Co. A. Aldus joined as Corporal in 6/61; promoted Sergeant 11/61; and was WIA at Fredericksburg (12/13/62); discharged 7/64 with subsequent service in the Maine Coast Guard Infantry.

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 trimmed with wear, all with light soiling, G.

Estimate: $450 - $550
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