June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


5th Maine Soldiers, Six Identified CDVs, including Major A.S. Daggett

Five officers, one in civilian dress, with a loose quarter plate tintype of a Private. An early mounted albumen of 1st Lieut. Ambrose S. Dyer, died 9/22/61. A CDV by A. C. Lewis, Portland, identified in modern pencil as Captain. John Goldthwaite, Co. F. Goldthwaite also served in the 7th Maine and 1st Maine Veteran Infantry; WIA Ft. Fisher (3/25/65); DOW (4/18/65). Identified in period pencil is Andre Shaw Lyon, Co. K., joined as Sergeant 6/61; promoted 1st Lieut. 6/63; MIA Spotsylvania (5/10/64); no further record.

A sharp carte by I .N. Teague, Lewiston, Me. features Aaron Simon Daggett, who enlisted as 1st Lieut., Co. E, 6/24. Major Daggett was “present” at Gettysburg; transferred to 5th Veteran Vol. Inf. 1/65; m/o 5/66. Daggett earned two “gallant and meritorious" brevets 3/65 (Colonel and Brig. General) for wartime service. He was retained in the post-war army as Captain, 16th Inf. 7/66; and was awarded two more brevets for “gallantry” 3/67, for Rappahannock Station (Major) and the Wilderness (Lieut. Colonel). General Daggett spent the remainder of the century in military duty. After achieving the regular rank of Lieut. Colonel, 25th US Inf., 10/95, with the advent of the Spanish-American War, Daggett was promoted Brig. General of Volunteers 9/98; Colonel, USA, 14th US Inf. 3/99; and received the statutory rank of Brig. General, USA, 2/01, upon retirement 3/01 after 40 years in uniform.

The attributed tintype is purported to be Private E.P. Harmon, Co. E, and other than the applied sticker with Harmon’s name, the image is not otherwise identified. An oval albumen is ink identified as Jos. Augustine Grenier ‘61 in civilian clothes (see previous lot for another likeness of Grenier).

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:Three CDVs and two albumens VG.; Lyon and Dyer views with moderate soiling. Tintype with sharp clarity but with noticeable horizontal bends and surface abrasions; uncased, missing matt and glass., about G.

Estimate: $550 - $650
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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