June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Officers, Four Identified CDVs

All four officers ink signed. A vignette of Captain A. P. Harris, Co. G, with A. M. McKenny, Portland imprint. Harris wears an unusual medal or ID disc, a shield hanging from a ribbon bearing the cross symbol of the 6th Corps. Private Harris joined 10/61; promoted Captain 6/62; and commanded Co. G at Gettysburg. He was WIA at Spotsylvania (5/10.64); m/o 7/64. The next officer with B.F. Smith, Portland back mark is lavishly signed J.A. Grenier/2nd Lieut. Co. C 5th/Maine Vols. Grenier enlisted 6/61 as Corporal; promoted Sergeant; transferred to 7th Maine 1/63; promoted 2nd Lieut. 6/63; WIA Spotsylvania (5/10/64). He transferred to the 1st Maine Veteran Inf. 8/64; made 1st Lieut. & Adjutant 11/64; m/o 6/65.
1st Lieut. O. B. Stevens, Co F., 5th Me by B.F. Smith, Portland entered as Private, promoted 1st Lieut. 2/63, Co. F. Stevens was WIA at Chancellorsville (5/3/63); and DOW (5/15/63). Geo. B. Kenniston joined as 1st Lieut., Co. D; POW Bull Run (7/21/61), exchanged; POW 2nd Bull Run (8/30/62), exchanged; resigned 5/25/63.

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. with moderate corner wear.

Estimate: $600 - $700
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