June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Soldiers, Four Identified CDVs, including Colonel Nathaniel Jackson

Three officers and one enlisted man. One duplicate officer is a different view of Colonel Nathaniel Jackson, a vignette having R.W. Addis imprint. A civilian carte with J.U.P. Burham, Portland imprint bears modern pencil identification said to be another likeness of Lieut. Colonel Henry R. Millett, although the identification is questionable.

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. The third CDV is ink signed W.B. Fenderson beneath portrait, without back mark. 1st Lieut. William B. Fenderson joined as regimental QM Sergeant 6/61; promoted RQM 11/63; m/o 7/64. He was “present” at Gettysburg. A Sergeant with L.W. Cook, Weymouth, Mass. back mark is identified in period pencil as S. I. Johnson. Private Johnson joined Co. E, 6/61; promoted Sergeant 6/62; m/o 7/64.

Provenance:The Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection

Condition:Cartes near VG. with minor edge wear.

Estimate: $350 - $450
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