4th Maine Soldiers, Three Identified CDVs, including Gettysburg Casualty

One officer and two enlisted men. First cdv is ink identified Lieut. J.R. Conant, 4th Me., Co. C, with Blodgett, Rockland, Me. imprint . Conant enlisted as Corporal in 6/61 and commanded the company at Gettysburg at 1st Lieut. Lieut. Conant was later WIA Wilderness (5/5/64), and according to the Volunteer Register, m/o with the regiment 7/64. The first thumbnail tintype is signed twice, C. Bracket, 4th Maine beneath portrait and again with Co. H on the back over a Trask, Philadelphia imprint. Private Bracket joined on 11/61, was WIA at Gettysburg (7/2/63) in the arm, and presumably later discharged for disability. Another thumbnail tintype with same imprint is ink identified as Wm. C. Rowe, 4th Maine; discharged for disability 3/62. Rowe re-enlisted in Co. F, 19th Maine 9/62 for the duration: discharged 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:Both thumbnails with clipped corners, else VG. Conant carte with light wear and soiling, G.

Estimate: $400 - $500
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