June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Officers, Four Identified CDVs

Ink signed 2nd Lieut. Jos. Paradise, Co. F, with B.F. Smith, Portland, Me. back mark. Private Joseph C. Paradise was a Canadian who entered as Private 7/61 and made 2nd Lieut. 6/63. Mortally wounded at Cold Harbor (6/3/64), Paradise died 6/18/64. A second CDV is ink signed Capt. Burbank Spiller/Co. C, 5th Maine, with Brady’s imprint. Burbank enlisted as 2nd Lieut., Co. K; resigned 3/63.

Next is pencil identified 1st Lieut. Charles K. Packard, Co. K, with Bowdoin, Taylor & Co., Alexandria, Va. imprint. Packard resigned 6/62 and joined the 30th Maine, where he served as Hospital Steward and Assistant Surgeon; resigned 7/65. Plus, separate views of Lieut. & Mrs. Edward M. Robinson, Co. E. The Lieut.'s carte is ink signed on verso with name, rank and regiment, dated 1862. Robinson was promoted Captain, Co. C, and was WIA Wilderness; m/o 7/64. His wife’s likeness ink signed Mrs. E.M. Robinson.

5th Maine, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps

The 5th Maine was mustered in at Portland during July 1861 and immediately joined the Washington Defenses seeing its first major action at Bull Run and losing 35 men, mostly as prisoners. Briefly attached to the 1st Corps, the regiment was then assigned to the 6th Corps and was severely tested at Gaines Mill in June 1862 and the subsequent battles at 2nd Bull Run and Crampton’s Gap, South Mountain, and Antietam in September. The 5th Maine was only superficially engaged at Fredericksburg but was mauled at Chancellorsville reporting nearly 50 killed and wounded with half as many prisoners.

The 6th Corps was not heavily committed during the Gettysburg battle and played a minor role in repelling Pickett’s Charge on July 3.

The 5th Maine was decimated during the heavy fighting that characterized Grant’s Overland Campaign in the summer of 1864. The regiment bore a conspicuous role in the fighting at Spotsylvania and paid for their heroism with 80 men killed and wounded. Its term of service expired, and the regiment mustered out on July 27, 1864.

Provenance:The Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection

Condition:All cartes VG. Robinson CDV with top corners clipped.

Estimate: $500 - $600
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