June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Soldiers, Four CDVs

Three officers and one unidentified civilian. The officer vignette without back mark is identified as “probably” Adjutant Geo. B. Parsons. Parsons joined Co. G as Private 6/61; promoted Corporal; and WIA Antietam (9/17/62); Sergeant Major 6/63; 1st Lieut. & Adjutant 2/64; m/o 7/64. The other pencil identified officer is 1st Lieut. Joseph Wright, Co. E, “present” at Gettysburg; m/o 7/64.

An immediate post-war copy shot by A.B. Davis, Biddleford, Me. is penciled Capt. Robert M. Stevens/5th Maine/Biddleford, Me./w-Gaines Mills/B Co. During his tenure, Stevens was “dropped, wounded, reinstated, and detailed;” m/o 7/64. A standing civilian is unknown/from Col Edwards Album, 5th Me.

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:White carte with spot along right margin; else near VG.

Estimate: $200 - $300
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