5th Maine Officers, Three Identified CDVs, including Colonel Nathaniel Jackson

The Jackson carte by E.A. Anthony is ink identified, Col. W.J. Jackson. He became Colonel in 9/61; was WIA at Gaines Mill (6/27/62); promoted Brig. General 9/62; WIA a second time at Chancellorsville. Jackson commanded a division during the March to the Sea at the end of the war and was brevetted Major General 3/65; m/o 8/65. Lt. Col. (Henry R.) Millett, 5th Me. by Brady was commissioned Captain, Co. A in 8/61; Major 9/62; and Lieut. Colonel 1/63. He was “present” at Gettysburg; WIA twice during the war by shell fragments, at Rappahannock Station (11/7/63) and Cold Harbor (6/4/64); and was discharged for wounds 7/64. Chaplain John R. Adams by Starbird, Augusta, Me. is identified in period pencil. He joined in the 5th Maine in 6/61 and was "present” at Gettysburg. He later ministered to the men of the 121st NY; m/o 6/65.

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:Jackson carte with rounded corners, still G+. Other two with slight wear, near VG.

Estimate: $400 - $500
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