June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Soldiers, Six Identified CDVs, including Lieut. Colonel William S. Heath

Four officers (one in civilian dress) and one enlisted man, plus another unknown civilian view. First is a vignette of an unknown Lieut. Colonel or Major with the back mark of C.D. Fredericks, New York. We deduce five or six possible IDs penciled on the verso, seemingly the oldest of which reads, Lt. Col. W.S. Heath in lower left corner. Lieut. Colonel Heath was KIA at Gaine’s Mill (6/62). Plus two views, including a CDV and mounted albumen of Geo. E. Brown/ Capt. Co. H,. 5th Reg. Dec. 1861. Brown became Captain 10/61; discharged 10.62. 1st Lieut. Chas. B. Dexter/5th Me Vols., Co. B.. Sgt. Dexter enlisted 6/61, promoted Lieut., m/o 7/64.
Pencil signed F. Miller, Co. H, 5th Me. Private Miller joined in 11/61; was “present” at Gettysburg; WIA Rappahannock Station, VA (11/7/63); transferred to 1st Maine Veteran Inf. 7/64. Plus one unknown civilian with revenue stamp 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:Cartes G+. with moderate wear and soiling.

Estimate: $500 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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