7th Maine Battery, Four CDVs of Identified Soldiers

One officer and three enlisted men, one a pair of seated pards. The officer is tentatively identified as Capt. Adelbert B. Twitchell by Wm Pierce, Brunswick, Me. The captain wears a shield-shaped ID badge on his frock coat. Twitchell had prior service in the 5th Maine Battery as Quarter Master Sergeant; promoted 1st Lieut. ?/62; commissioned Captain, 7th Maine Battery 12/63; brevetted Major 4/2/65.

The enlisted men include Private John L. Savage seated next to Private A.J. Haskell having period penciled identification on verso. Both men enlisted in the 7th Maine Battery, 10/64; m/o 6/65. Private Charles M. Bixby, by 9th Corps photographer Gideon Smith, signed his likeness in blue ink on verso giving his location as before Petersburg. Bixby enlisted in the 7th Maine Battery, 12/63; m/o 6/65. A ninth plate tintype is thought to be Pvt. Charles E. Wheeler, 7th Maine Battery. Tom MacDonald recorded that the image “came from a Wheeler family member in Bethel, Me.”  Wheeler entered as Private, 12/63; m/o 8/6/64.

1st and 7th Maine Battery

Battery A, 1st Maine Light Artillery was organized at Portland in December 1861 and sailed for New Orleans, joining the Department of the Gulf in March 1862. The Battery participated in a number of skirmishes and expeditions leading up to the Siege of Port Hudson in May-June 1863. The Battery re-enlisted as a veteran organization in February 1864, and afterwards was assigned to the Washington Defenses during the summer of 1864, assisting in repelling the attack on the Capitol by Jubal Early’s Army. In August 1864, the 1st Battery joined the Army of the Shenandoah and was heavily engaged during that campaign, suffering proportionately heavy losses at Winchester on September 19, 1864, and at Cedar Creek where 20 men became casualties on October 19. The Battery remained on duty in the Valley until mustering out on July 15, 1865, having lost 15 gunners killed or mortally wounded during the war.

Battery G, 7th Maine Light Artillery was the last organized by the state in December 1863. The 7th Maine Battery served briefly in the Washington Defenses as part of the 22nd Corps. In preparation for Grant’s Overland Campaign, the battery was reassigned to the 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac in April 1864, and saw extensive action at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg during the bloody summer attritional fighting. Helping to break the entrenched Confederate Army at Petersburg in April, the Maine boys joined in the pursuit of the beleaguered ANV before mustering out on June 21, 1865, paying with 13 men killed and mortally wounded.

Provenance:The Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection

Condition:CDVs of Twitchell and two pards VG.  Bixby with heavy wear, about G. Wheeler tintype mottled with spidering but no lifted emulsion, G.  No glass or case.

Estimate: $400 - $500
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