June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Soldiers, Six Identified CDVs

Four officers and two men in civilian dress, two undocumented. An ink signed carte of Capt. Geo. P. Sherwood, Co. F, with Samuel Masury, Boston imprint. Sherman joined as Captain, WIA Bull Run (7/21/61); transferred to VRC 7/63; brevet Major 3/65; subsequent service in Regular Army; retired 10/70. Another officer identified as Lt. W. Merrill/Co. A. 5th Maine Inf. in reddish brown ink; discharged for disability 12/61. Another officer identified in pencil as Thomas J. Sawyer/G. Co., 5th Maine Inf. with reddish brown one cent revenue stamp on verso. The identification is suspect as no officer so-named was still in service with the advent of revenue stamps in the summer of 1864.

1st Lieut. George Atwood, Co. F, is pencil signed on verso with Bogardus, New York imprint. Lieut. Atwood resigned 10/62; subsequent service as 1st Lieut. & Adjutant, 24th Maine. Promoted Captain, 87th USCT 10/63; transferred to QM Department as Captain 1/65; m/o 1/66. Two brevets for “gallantry” at Gaines Mill (Major & Lieut. Colonel 3/65) while serving in 5th Maine. Captain 28th US Infantry 7/66; resigned 3/67.

A civilian by Dunshee’s, Boston is identified in period pencil as Will Hickock/5th Maine. Corporal William W. Hickock was discharged 5/62. Last is a post-war, ca 1890s view pencil identified James Bailey, E. Co., 5th Inf. in civilian clothing.

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:Cartes G+., soiled; two with partially clipped corners.

Estimate: $350 - $450
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