Porter Military Men

 
Source: Thomas Moulton, Porter, as a Portion of Maine (Portland, Me., Hoyt, Fogg & Donham, 1879).

Forenames and surnames have in some cases been switched to facilitate searching.
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RESIDENT SOLDIERS OF THE REVOLUTION.
Samuel Brooks, James Brown, John Fox, David Moulton, Joseph Pearl and Josiah Wood.

OF THE WAR OF 1812.
Job Bailey, William Bickford, John Brooks, Samuel Brooks, Nathaniel Cook, Nathaniel Cook, 2d, Edward Fox, Ephraim Fox, John Hays, jr., David Hodsdon, James Libby, John Libby, Jacob Mason, Francis Mathews, ______ McIntire, John Moulton, John Pearl, Simeon Pearl, Diamond Pearl, Jonathan Philbrick, Perkins Philbrick, Simon Philbrick, Daniel Sargent, Samuel Stanley, Samuel Tibbetts, John Thompson, Hugh Tucker, jr., and Daniel Wentworth.

OF THE MEXICAN WAR.
Samuel Brooks, 3d, Edward Fox, George W. Kennard, George W. Pearl, James Peters, Thomas B. Peters and Jonathan Stacy.

IN MEMORIAM.
Of the resident Revolutionary soldiers named, all died in Porter.

Samuel Brooks was born in Buxton, March 19, 1781, enlisted March 14, 1777, and died in April, 1825.

James Brown was born in Virginia and died in 1851.

John Fox was born in Gilmanton, N. H., and died April 17, 1834.

David Moulton was born in Hampton, N. H., enlisted in 1778 and died Oct. 18, 1838.

Joseph Pearl was born in Rochester, N. H., and died in 1813.


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Josiah Wood was born in Dracut, Mass., and died in 1844 or 1845.

In the war of 1812, Jacob Mason, the eldest son of John, was the only soldier from this town who did not return. He died of disease, Oct. 26, 1813.

In the Mexican war, Samuel Brooks, 3d, son of Thomas, died in the city of Mexico, March 19, 1848.

Edward Fox, son of Ephraim, died in Vera Cruz, Mexico, July 23, 1848.

C. Washington Pearl, son of John, died in the city of Mexico, about Dec. 3, 1847.

Jonathan Stacy, son of Oliver, having been discharged, returned home in August, 1848, and died Feb. 17, 1849, of chronic diarrhœa, contracted in the service, aged 25 years.

James and Thomas B. Peters, sons of Thomas, are supposed to have died in the service.

In the Great Rebellion, John C. Bridges, Co. G, 10th Me. Regt., died at Knoxville, Md., of diphtheria and typhoid fever, Dec. 1, 1862.

Ezra Blazo, Co. A, 20th Ill. Regt., died at St. Louis, Mo., of chronic diarrhœa, about Sept. 10, 1863.

Joseph M. Davis, Co. K, 23d Me., died on Long Island Sound, on his homeward voyage, of consumption, Jan. 7, 1863.

Randall French, Co. A, 11th Me., died at Yorktown, Va., of typhoid fever, May 29, 1862.

Ira Floyd, Co. K, 23d Me., died at Camp Grover, Md., of typhoid fever, Nov. 13, 1862.

Osgood F. Floyd, Co. C, 29th Me., died at Annapolis, Md., of typhoid fever, Aug. 9, 1864.

William W. Fox, Co. G, 10th Me., died at Harper's Ferry, Va., of typhoid fever, Oct. 30, 1862.

George Henry Fox, Co. B, 29th Me., died in U. S. General Hospital at Patterson Park, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 5,


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1864, in consequence of a wound received in battle at Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864.

Albion P. Fox, Co. G, 7th Regt. N. H. Vols., died Mar. 31, 1865, at Wilmington, N. C., of typhoid fever.

William F. Foster, Co. G, 13th Me., was discharged at New Orleans, La., For disability, Oct. 27, 1862, and died at Porter, of chronic diarrhœa, Nov. 13, 1862.

Samuel N. Gibbs, Co. K., 18th Penn. Cavalry, was taken prisoner Oct. 10, 1863, and died in Libby prison, Va., Feb. 11, 1864, murdered by exposure and starvation.

Elias R. Gibbs, Co. K, 18th Penn. Cavalry, died in Andersonville prison, Ga., July 19, 1864, murdered as was his cousin in Libby prison, by rebel officials acting under the orders of Jeff Davis.

Randall Libby, 2d, Capt. of Co. A, 11th Me., died at Porter, May 8, 1871, of pulmonary consumption, contracted in the United States' service.

Benjamin H. Ridlon, Co. E, 9th Me., mortally wounded in the head while skirmishing at Bermuda Hundred, May 20, 1864, was sent to Fortress Monroe, and, without doubt, died there.

Oren W. Rogers, Co. I, 3d Me. was supposed to have been killed in battle at Spottsylvania Court House, Va., May 10 or 12, 1864.

Frank Robbins, Co. K, 23d Me., rendezvoused with his company at Portland, Me., returned home by the direction of the surgeon. and died of typhoid fever, Nov. 17, 1862.

Ezra Towle, Co. G, 10th Me , died Sept. 27, 1862, at Sharpsburgh, Md., in consequence of a wound received in battle.

Nelson Towle, Co. E, 9th Me., was killed in battle, Sept. 29, 1864, in the charge on battery Gilmore, near Richmond, Va. He was appointed Lieutenant by the Governor, but died before his commission reached its destination.

John F. Wiggin, Co. F, 133d Penn. Regt., died at Doug-


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las Hospital, Washington, D. C., Dec. 31, 1862, in consequence of wounds received in battle.

Isaac D. White, Co. G, 13th Me., died in 1863, at sea, on his passage from Texas to New Orleans, on board of Steamer Clinton.

James M. Wilkinson, Co. A, 11th Me., died in the hospital at Point of Rocks, of chronic diarrhœa, Sept. 2, 1864.

SOLDIERS EITHER RESIDENTS IN, OR NATIVES OF, PORTER, WHO WERE ENGAGED IN SUPPRESSING THE SLAVE-HOLDERS' REBELLION.
For the materials of this chapter I am indebted to such soldiers as could be consulted, to the friends of other soldiers, and to the various reports of our late Adjt. Gen. John L. Hodsdon.

The actual merits of every soldier are not to be estimated solely by the facts herein stated. Some of them have been able to give a full and correct account of the stirring events in which they were actors, others equally meritorious, have failed in imparting information so as to do justice to themselves, or were, as soldiers, by no fault of their own, placed in positions unfavorable to an exhibition of their true character. Death, too, has precluded the rehearsal here, of much that would heighten our regard for the memory of many who went forth from us to do battle for the right.

In the short time1 allotted me in the preparation of this chapter, I have spared no reasonable pains. Interviews with soldiers have been had, and letters written in all instances where it was supposed that facts of any value might be obtained. My exertions in this direction have been, in many cases, successful; in some, partially so, and in others a total

1It was not contemplated to add this chapter until after most of the previous portion of this work had been printed.


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failure. Hence the result as here presented, must, by the want of better information on the part of the writer, be necessarily defective, and to a certain extent, unsatisfactory to the reader as well as to the writer.

Ivory H. Banks, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. Moses N. Stanley, was mustered into the U. S. service for nine months, Sept. 29, 1862, and was mustered out of the service and discharged July 15, 1863.

John Berry, Com. A (probably), 44th Mass., was mustered into the U. S. service in August, 1862, for nine months. About Jan. 1, 1863, he was in the battle of Whitehall, N. C., where he received a severe wound in the wrist. He was shortly after discharged for the disability named.

Isaac Bickford, Com. H, 1st Regt. Me. Cavalry, Capt. Henry C. Hall, was mustered into the service Dec. 28, 1863, for three years, and was discharged Dec. 28, 1864, for disability.

Ezra Blazo, Co. A, 20th Ill., Capt. John S. Wolf, Col. C. C. Marsh, was mustered into the service April 19, 1861, for three years, was taken prisoner in the Britton's Lane fight, gave his parole, and was sent to St. Louis. While there he was exchanged, joined his regiment, and was in the following battles: Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing or Shiloh, and in all of Grant's battles at the siege of Vicksburgh. During the most at his service he was under the command of Gen Logan. He died.*

Benjamin F. Boston, Com. A, 11th Me., Capt. Randall Libby, was mustered into the service Oct. 12, 1863, for three years, and was in the following battles: Drury's Bluff May 14, 15 and 16, Bermuda Hundred, from

The star (*) denotes that the time, place and cause of the soldier's death are stated under "In memoriam," page 52.


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June 2 to June 20, Strawberry Plain, July 26, Deep Bottom, Aug. 11, Flusser's Mills, Aug. 16, Siege of Petersburgh, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 29, and several battles before Richmond, from Oct. 1, 1861 to Jan. 1, 1865. The above dates are as stated in his company memorial. In March, 1865, he was in the battle of Five Forks, and April 1 and 2 in that of Hatcher's Run, where he was wounded by a minie ball through the hand. He was discharged for the disability in Sept., 1865.

Erastus W. Bradeen, Com. B, 23d Me., Capt. Horace C. Little, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, was appointed corporal, and mustered out July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted, and was mustered into Co. B, 29th Me., Capt. Benj. M. Redlon.

John C. Bridges, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Sept. 18, 1862, for two years, and died.*

John M. Brooks, Com. I, 12th Me., Capt. James M. Thompson, was mustered into the United States service March 17, 1865, for one year, and was mustered out March 17, 1866.

John W. Cole, Com. F, 27th Me., Capt. J. Plummer, was mustered into the service Sept. 30, 1862, for nine months.

Joseph B. Cook, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug. 18, 1862. for three years, was transferred to Com. B. 10th Me. Battalion, and again transferred to Com. D, 29th Me., was taken prisoner, gave his parole, and was discharged in 1865.

Thaddeus W. Coolbroth, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted, was mustered into the same company Feb. 29, 1864, and was transferred to


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the 30th Me., Nov. 18, 1864. The 30th regiment was mustered out Aug. 20, 1865.

William J. Coolbroth, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1861, for three years, and was mustered out Jan. 6, 1865.

Samuel Danforth, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. Moses N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and mustered out July 15, 1863.

Joseph M. Davis, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, was discharged for disability Jan. 5, 1863, and died of consumption on the 7th of that month.

Wentworth Day, enlisted and was mustered into a New Hampshire regiment.

Joseph Downs, was mustered into a New Hampshire regiment.

Henry D. Durgin, Com. E, 9th Me., Capt. A. G. Marston, was mustered into the service Sept. 22, 1861, for three years, and was discharged for disability Jan. 2, 1863.

John B. Duroy, Com. C, 9th Me., Capt. George W. Brown, was mustered into the service Aug. 11, 1862, for three years, was appointed an orderly by Maj. Gardiner, was slightly wounded in the battle of Morris Island, and was discharged July 24, 1865. In 1863, July 16, he was in the battle of Morris Island, S. C., July 11 and 18 in the attacks on Fort Wagner; in 1864, Feb. 20, he was in Gen. Seymour's disastrous defeat at Olustee, Fla., May 20 in the battle at Bermuda Hundred, June 1 at Cold Harbor, June 30 in front of Petersburgh, Aug. 16 and 18 at Deep Bottom, Sept. 29 at Chapin's Farm, Oct. 27 at Derby Town Road; and in 1865, Jan. 15, in the assault upon and capture of Fort Fisher by Gen. Terry, a portion of the 9th Me. participating in the attack.


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While in front of Petersburgh, ten men from each company of his regiment were detailed for a particular service. Mr. Duroy was of the number. Six-tenths of them were slain, owing to their commanding officer's misapprehension of his orders.

Ira Floyd, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and died.*

Osgood F. Floyd, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug. 23, 1862, for three years, was transferred to Bat. 10th Me., and from 10th Bat. to Com. C, 29th Me., and died.*

William F. Foster, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Jan. 16, 1862, for three years, was discharged for disability Oct. 27, 1862, and died.*

Albion P. Foster, Com. G, 7th N. H. Vols., was mustered into the service Sept. 23, 1864, and died.*

Daniel J. Fox, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was discharged July 15,1863. He re-enlisted for one year, was mustered into Co. B, 11th Me., Capt. Chas. Sellmer. He was in the battle of Hatcher's Run, in the last Petersburgh, and in Gen. Grant's final conflict with Lee at Appomattox Court House. His final discharge was dated June 12, 1865.

David M. Fox, Com. D, 5th Me., Capt. Edward W. Thompson, was mustered into the service June 24, 1861, for three years. He re-enlisted Jan. 4, 1864, in Com. B, 1st Regt. Infantry, Veteran Vols., Capt. Charles H. Small, for three years, and was mustered out July 2, 1865. He was severely wounded in the thigh in the battle of Cold Harbor, and was wounded in the leg and back while in front of Petersburgh. He was in the following engage-


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ments: in 1861, July 21, Bull Run; in 1862, May 7, West Point, last of May, Mechanicsville, June 27, Gaines' Hill, June 28, Golding Farm, June 30, Charles City Cross Roads, Aug. 27, 2d Bull Run, Sept. 14, Crampton's Pass, Sept. 17, Antietam—under fire eighteen hours—Dec. 12 and 13, Fredericksburgh; in 1863, the first days of May, Chancellorsville, July 2 and 3, Gettysburgh, Nov. 7, Crossing of the Rappahannock, Nov. 27, Orange Grove; in 1864, from May 5 to May 12 inclusive, in the battles of the Wilderness, that near Spottsylvania Court House, and the charges on the fortifications near the Court House, June 1 at Cold Harbor, Sept. 19 at Winchester, Sept. 22 at Fisher's Hill, Oct. 19 at Cedar Creek; and in 1865, April 2, in the battle in front of Petersburgh.

George Henry Fox, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Sept. 9, 1862, for three years, was transferred to Com. B, 29th Me., and died.*

James L. Fox, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Jonathan Fox, 2d, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Amos G. Goodwin, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1861, for three years, and discharged for disability July 17, 1863.

Lorenzo D. Fox, Com. D, 5th Me., Capt. Edward W. Thompson, was mustered into the service June 21, 1861, for three years. He was appointed Sergeant, and was mustered out July 27, 1861. He was in the following battles: in 1861, July 21, Bull Run; in 1862, May 7, West Point, last of May, Mechanicsville, June 27, Gaines' Hill, June 28, Golding Farm, June 30, Charles City Cross Roads, Aug. 27, 2d Bull Run, Sept. 14, Crampton's Pass, Sept. 17, Antietam—under fire eighteen hours—Dec. 12 and


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13, Fredericksburgh; in 1863, the first days of May, Chancellorsville, July 2 and 3, Gettysburgh, Nov. 7, Crossing of the Rappahannock, Nov. 27, Orange Grove; in 1864, from May 5 to May 12 inclusive, the battles of the Wilderness, that near Spottsylvania Court House and the charges on the fortifications near the Court House, and June 1, Cold Harbor.

William W. Fox, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service August 18, 1862, for two years, and died.*

John Fox who settled in Porter in 1801, was a Revolutionary soldier. His brother Edward was one of our volunteers in the war of 1812. Ephraim Fox, a son of Edward, also volunteered in the war of 1812. Edward Fox, a son of Ephraim, was in the Mexican war, and died in Mexico. Daniel J. and David M. Fox, whose war record is given above, were the only remaining sons of Ephraim. George Henry, James L., Jonathan 2d, Lorenzo D., and William W. Fox were the only surviving sons of the late Richard Fox, who was a brother of Ephraim.

Charles French, Com. B, 2d Regt. Mass. Vols., Capt. Greeley S. Curtis, Col. George H. Gordon, enlisted May 11, 1861, for three years. He was under Gen. Banks in the Shenandoah Valley at the time of his retreat from Winchester, and under Gen. Pope during his disastrous retreat from Centerville, where our losses were numbered by tens of thousands. He was in the battles of Cedar Mountain, South Mountain, Antietam, and Chancellorsville, where he was taken prisoner May 3, 1868. Being sent to Richmond, he was put in Libby prison. He remained there but one week, when he was exchanged. Fortunate, indeed, it was for him that he was so soon liberated. He says that in the room where he was confined there were four hundred and twenty-five prisoners, and it was with much difficulty that they could lie down at all, or obtain any rest, upon a floor


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that might be said, without much exaggeration, to be literally covered with vermin. While he was in prison he was not aware that any prisoners were shot for merely looking out of the windows, but he was told by the prisoners that such cruelty had not been uncommon, and the bullet holes through and around the windows, confirmed the truth of their statement. The prisoners were permitted to have two meals a day, if such allowances in quantity and quality can be called meals. The name of this prison originated from that of the owner. A rebel by the name of Libby built and used it as a tobacco warehouse. Into this receptacle of filth and vermin our soldiers were thrust, we might almost say in truth, heaped, so great were their numbers for the space alloted them. It is elsewhere asserted with reference to Pennsylvania soldiers that only one in six who entered this prison left it alive. Taking into account the extent to which our soldiers were deprived, not only of food, but even of air and space for their bodies, the assertion does not seem incredible. This building was not enclosed by a wall or ditch, but a strong guard of rebel soldiers, with their loaded rides, prevented any escape, except with the greatest risk.

After Mr. French was exchanged he joined his regiment in Tennessee, and was under Gen. Sherman until the expiration of his term of service, when he was sent to Boston and discharged June 10, 1864.

Daniel D. French, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1861, For three years, was ordered to Ship Island, joined Gen. Banks' Red River expedition, and like many of his comrades who were exposed to the malaria of the Mississippi swamps was compelled to be under the orders of a surgeon in the hospital rather than the commands of his captain on the tented field. For a considerable time his condition remained unimproved, but at length having regained his health,


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he was ordered to Washington, and thence to the Shenandoah Valley. On the march from Washington he and others from different companies, numbering in all one hundred, were detailed to guard a provision train on its way to Winchester. While passing through an obscure region of the country they were suddenly assailed by Mosby's Guerillas, and one-half of their number slain, the rest barely escaping by flight. He was discharged Jan. 6, 1865.

Lorenzo D. French, Com. G, 3d N. H. Vols., Capt. Emmons, was mustered into the service July 25, 1861, for three years, and discharged for disability Aug. 29, 1862.

Randall French, Com. A, 11th Me., Capt. W. S. Pennell, was mustered into the service Nov. 7, 1861, for three years, and died.*

William H. French, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted for three years, was mustered into the same company Feb. 29, 1864, Capt. Amos G. Goodwin, was appointed corporal by Capt. Sawyer, was taken prisoner at Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864, carried to Camp Ford, near Tyler, Texas, and remained there a prisoner until exchanged May 27, 1865. He was in Banks' Red River campaign, in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, La., and was discharged Aug. 10, 1865.

William H. Garland, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and mustered out July 15, 1863.

Joseph O. Gentleman, Com. A, 11th Me., Capt. W. S. Pennell, was mustered into the service Nov. 7, 1861, for three years, was discharged for disability, but afterward re-enlisted into Com. K, 23d Me., for nine months, Capt. M. N. Stanley, then into Com. G, 93d N. Y. State National Guards, for 100 days, and lastly into Com. C, 194th N. Y. Vols. for three years. He was 1st Sergeant in Com.


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A, 11th Me., 2d and 1st Lieut. in Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. of Com. G, 93d N. Y., and of Com. C, 194th N. Y. He was in the battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, and was discharged April 15, 1865.

Elias R. Gibbs, Com. K, 18th Penn. Cavalry, enlisted in Sept., 1862, at the same time his cousin Samuel N. Gibbs enlisted, was mustered into the same company, fought in the same battles, was taken prisoner at the same time and sent to Andersonville prison, Ga., where he died.*

Samuel N. Gibbs, Com. K, 18th Penn. Cavalry, enlisted in Sept, 1862. He wrote quite often to his parents, and to the information contained in his letters we are indebted for what is here stated. By these letters we learn that he arrived at the front Feb. 10, 1863. From that time up to the succeeding July his regiment was often employed in skirmishing and making reconnoissances, but when it was found that Lee was actually en route for the north, more important duties were required of them than heretofore. In August he wrote from Warrenton Junction that the Cavalry with which he served, took in the previous month 1800 prisoners, with a large number of horses and wagons, and in eleven days lost 600 men; that he and Elias Gibbs fought in all the many battles in which their regiment was engaged, and that with the exception of his own slight wound, they remained uninjured. So far he had been shielded from the more dread realities of war, but soon from his own pen came the unwelcome message that he was in Libby prison. Next, but after months of anxious doubt, the sad, though not unexpected tidings reached his friends that the merciless foe had finished, in his case, their intended work.*

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William Kimball, was mustered into a New Hampshire regiment.

George W. Lewis, Com. B, 29th Me., Capt. Benjamin M. Redlon, was mustered into the service Jan. 12, 1864, for three years, was sick at Augusta, Me., for several months, joined his regiment at Alexandria, La., but being again disabled by sickness, was discharged in June, 1865.

Randall Libby, 2d, Com. A, 11th Me., enlisted for three years Sept. 26, 1861, was mustered into the service Nov. 7, 1861, and appointed 2d Lieutenant. May 11, 1862, while at the front, he was commissioned Captain. He commanded Company A at the battle of Williamsburgh, at Bottom's Bridge, at Fair Oaks and Seven Pines, participated in other severe engagements while advancing toward and crossing the Chickahominy, and in the seven days' constant fighting, from June 26th to July 2d inclusive, during McClellan's retreat from the Chickahominy to Harrison's Landing. Gen. Nagley, in an address to his brigade, to which the 11th Maine belonged, said: "Thus is yours the honor of having been the first to pass and the last to leave the Chickahominy, and while you led the advance from this memorable place near Richmond, you were the last I in the retreating column, when after seven days' constant fighting it reached a place of security and rest at Harrison's Landing." Subsequently the regiment proceeded to Yorktown. Here the climate and severe labor induced the disease which terminated his life. He was discharged for disability March 24, 1868, and died.*

John Lord, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, was appointed Sergeant, and discharged July 15, 1863.

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1862, for nine months, was appointed Corporal, and discharged July 15, 1863.

John Moulton, jr., Com. D, 2d Minn. Vols., enlisted June 17, 1861. July 5 of the same year he was appointed Sergeant, and in December following 1st Sergeant. In 1862, Jan. 1, he was commissioned 2d Lieut., May 1, 1st Lieut., and Oct. 27, Captain of the same company. In 1864, July 15, he was commissioned Major of his regiment, and in 1865, March 13, brevet Lieut. Colonel. In 1862, Jan. 19, he was in the battle of Mill Spring, Ky., during the month of May at the siege of Corinth, Miss., and Oct. 8 at the battle of Perryville, Ky.; in 1863, Sept. 19 and 20, at Chickamauga, Tenn., Nov. 25 at Mission Ridge, Tenn.; in 1864, first of May, at Buzzard Roost Gap and Tunnell Hill, Ga., May 15 at Resaca, Ga., June 27 at Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., Sept. 1 at Jonesborough, Ga.; and in 1865, March 19, at Bentonville, N. C. His department commanders were Gens. Buel, Rosecrans, Thomas, Grant, and Sherman. He was with the last named in his victorious march from Chattanooga through Georgia and the Carolinas, and was mustered out of the service July 11, 1865. He neither asked for nor received a furlough, but performed his duty as a soldier every day during the entire period of his enlistment.

Moses F. Norton, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged Dec. 2, 1862.

William G. Norton, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 15, 1863.

Isaac Pearl, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, was appointed Corporal, and mustered out July 15, 1863.

Joshua R. Pearl, Com. F, 50th Mass., Capt. S. W. Duncan, was mustered into the service in Sept.,


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1862, For nine months, was in the two general assaults upon Port Hudson, May 27 and June 14, 1863, and was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service.

Oliver T. Peters, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was discharged July 15, 1863.

Jeremiah Pugsley, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Benjamin H. Ridlon, Com. E, 9th Me., Capt. Josiah C. Beal, was mustered into the service Jan. 1, 1864, for three years, was severely wounded in the head May 20, 1864, and died.*

George F. Ridlon, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Oct. 13, 1862, For nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

George W. Ridlon, Com. I, 3d Me., Lieut. Hall commanding, was mustered into the service July 17, 1863, for three years, and in about one year after, transferred to Com. E, 17th Me., Capt. Charles C. Cole; was again transferred in June, 1865, to Com. E, 1st Me. Heavy Artillery, Capt. P. A. Gatchell, and by him was appointed Corporal. He was in the battle of Strawberry Hill, where he was slightly wounded, in that of Mine Run, in Gen. Grant's many battles of the Wilderness, including that at Spottsylvania Court House, etc., in the battle of Stony Brook. and in the attacks on the Weldon R. R. and Petersburgh. He was discharged Sept. 11, 1865.

Joseph S. Ridlon, Com. B, 29th Me., Capt. Benjamin M. Ridlon, was mustered into the service Jan. 28, 1864, for three years, and was discharged Oct. 5, 1865. He was in the battles of Sabine Cross Roads or Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.


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William Ridlon, Com. H, 27th Me., Capt. Henry F. Snow, was mustered into the service Sept. 30, 1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 17, 1863. A portion of his regiment, however, was mustered out in June, at the expiration of their nine months' service. At this time Gen. Lee was rapidly advancing toward Pennsylvania, and throughout the country the greatest anxiety was felt not only for Washington, Philadelphia, and other northern cities, but even for the Republic itself. At this juncture the President and Secretary of war appealed to the men of those regiments whose terms of service were about expiring, to remain and aid their brothers in arms to stay and drive back these minions of slavery with their perjured leader. So far as three hundred and fifteen men of the 27th were concerned, the appeal was not in vain. That number, and Porter had her representative among them, remained until the battle of Gettysburgh had been fought, and Lee driven from the soil of Pennsylvania. The almost certainty of a desperate and deadly encounter in the near future, was theirs to consider, yet these patriot heroes did not quail in view of such a prospect. These were mustered out July 17, 1863, the remainder of the regiment having left for their homes in June.

Frank Robbins, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and died.*

Oren W. Rogers, Com. I, 3rd Me., Lieut. Hall commanding, was mustered into the service July 17, 1863, for three years. He was in the battle of Strawberry Hill, that of Mine Run, in Grant's battles in the Wilderness, and, up to the time of his death, in the battle near Spottsylvania Court House.*

William Rounds, Com. I, 8th N. H. Vols., Capt. Colby, was mustered into the service of the U. S.


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Nov. 1, 1861, for three years. He re-enlisted for three years, was mustered in, Jan. 4, 1864, and was discharged Oct. 28, 1865. Upon his discharge it is certified that he was in the following battles: in 1862, Oct. 27, Georgia Landing; in 1863, April 12 and 13, Camp Bisland; May 27, Port Hudson ; June 14, Port Hudson; and in 1864, April 8, Sabine Cross Roads; April 23, Cane River; May 17, Moreanville; and May 18, Yellow Bayou.

Henry H. Sawyer, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the U. S. service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months and discharged July 15, 1863.

Isaac B. Sawyer, Com. D, 6th N. H. Vols., Capt. Samuel D. Quarles, enlisted Oct. 26, 1861, for three years, was in Gen. Burnside's expedition to Roanoke Island, in the battle at Camden, N. C., and in the second Bull Run engagement, in the last of which he was taken prisoner. He was carried to Gainsville, gave his parole, was in a short time exchanged, and was discharged for disability Feb. 17, 1863.

Sewell S. Sawyer, Com. H, 171st Penn., Capt. John Bierer, was mustered into the service Oct. 21, 1862, for nine months, was in the battle of Blount's Creek in the spring of 1863, and was discharged Aug. 8, 1863. He re-enlisted Mar. 27, 1865, for one year, in Com. A, 88th Penn., Capt. Daniel W. May, was appointed Corporal by Capt. May, and was discharged June 30, 1865.

George H. Smith, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted into Com. C, 29th Me., for three years, was mustered in, Jan. 29, 1864, and continued in this company until July 18, 1865.


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Lorenzo D. Stacy, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was orderly Sergt. until Feb. 11, 1863, when he was promoted to a 2d Lieutenancy. After his term in the 23d expired, he re-enlisted in Com. B, 29th Me., for three years, of which company he was appointed Jan. 4, 1864, 2d Lieutenant. Subsequently he was appointed 1st Lieutenant of Com. F, but was not mustered in, on account of the small number of men remaining in that company. In the month of March, 1865, he was commissioned 1st Lieut. by brevet, and later in the month, Captain. For some considerable time, and at various stations he held the offices of Provost Marshal and Provost Judge, was for a time in command of Fort Russell at Hilton Head, was in the Red River expedition under Gen. Banks, and in the Shenandoah Valley under Gen. Sheridan. He was in the battles of Snaggy Point and Mansura Plains, La., at Opequan, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, Va., and was mustered out of the service at Hilton Head, S. C., June 21, 1866.

Oliver Stacy, jr., Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted in Com. F, Coast Guards, Jan. 6, 1865, Capt. Charles H. Conant, and was discharged July 7, 1865.

Moses N. Stanley, was commissioned Captain of Com. K, 23d Me., was mustered into the service Sept. 29. 1862, and was mustered out July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted and was mustered into Com. B, 29th Me., Jan. 12, 1864, was commissioned and mustered into Com. C, 29th Me., as 1st Lieut., Jan. 15, 1864, and discharged for disability Oct. 25, 1864.

Samuel Stanley, 2d, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months. He was appointed Corporal and after-


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ward Sergeant of his company. He was discharged July 15, 1863.

William S. Stanley, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug. 25, 1862, for three years, was transferred to Bat. 10th Me., and from 10th Bat. to Com. C, 29th Me., was in the battles of Antietam and South Mountain, Md., Chancellorsville, Va., and Gettysburgh, Penn. He was discharged in June, 1865.

Samuel Stewart, Com. B, 1st Regt. Me. Cavalry, Capt. Jacob B. Loring, was mustered into the service Dec. 23, 1863. His company was mustered out Aug. 1, 1865.

John Storer, Com. F, 8th Me., Capt. Albert R. Willis, was mustered into the service Sept. 24, 1864, and discharged in 1865.

Henry C. Tibbetts, Com. H, 2d Regt. Minn. Vols., Nelson W. Dickinson, Com. Commander, was mustered into the service July 15, 1861, was discharged, re-enlisted into the same company Dec. 20, 1863, for three years, John R. Beatty, Com. Commander, was in the battles of Mill Spring, Ky., Chickamauga, Tenn., Perryville, Ky., and Mission Ridge, Tenn., was under Gen. Sherman in his march from Chattanooga, through Georgia and the Carolinas, and was mustered out of the service July 25, 1865.

Ezra Towle, Com. G, 10th Me., Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug. 18, 1862, for two years, and was at the battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, where he was mortally wounded. He died.*

Nelson Towle, Com. E, 9th Me., Capt. Edwin W. Wedgwood, was mustered into the service Sept. 22, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted, and Jan. 1, 1864, was mustered into the same company for three years, Capt. Josiah C. Beal. He was appointed Sergeant Sept. 22, 1861, and Orderly Sergeant in June, 1862. In 1861, Nov. 7, he was in the battle at Hilton Head, S. C.; in 1862, March 4,


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at Fernandina, Fla.; in 1863, July 16, at Morris Island, S. C., July 11 and 18 and Sept. 7, was in the assaults upon Fort Wagner, S. C.; in 1864, May 7, in the battle of Green Plain, Va., May 16, at Drury's Bluff, Va., May 18, 26, and 23, and Aug. 25, at Hatcher's Run, June 1 and 2, at Cold Harbor, Va., June 15, at Petersburgh Heights, June 30, was in the attack on the enemy's fortifications near the same city, July 30, he was with the party assaulting Cemetery Hill, Va., Aug. 16 and 17, in the battle at Deep Run, and Sept. 29, in the assault on Fort Gilmore, where our forces were repulsed, and he was slain.*

Wellington Towle, Com. E, 9th Me., Capt. Edwin W. Wedgwood, was mustered into the service Sept. 22, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted, and was mustered into the same company Jan. 1, 1864, for three years, Capt. Josiah C. Beal. He was appointed Corporal in Sept., 1861, and Sergeant in Sept., 1864. Nov. 7, 1861, he was in the battle at Hilton Head, S. C.; in 1862, March 4, at Fernandina, Fla.; in 1863, July 16, at Morris Island, S. C.; July 11 and 18, and Sept. 7, was in the assaults upon Fort Wagner, S. C.; in 1864, May 7, in the battle of Green Plain, Va., May 16, at Drury's Bluff, Va., May 18, 26, and 23, and Aug. 25, at Hatcher's Run, and June 1 and 2, at Cold Harbor, Va., where he was wounded, losing his right thumb by a rebel bullet. He was discharged July 26, 1865.

The attack of July 18 on Fort Wagner was one of the terrible realities of war. Patriot and rebel fought with the utmost determination, and for the numbers engaged the carnage was truly awful.

William G. Towle, Com. H, 1st Me. Cavalry, Capt. A. M. Benson, was mustered into the service Feb. 6, 1864, for three years, was appointed Corporal in July following, and was three times wounded. The first wound received was made by a grape shot, during the charge on the


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iron bridge over the Roanoke river, and the others were severe gun shot wounds received in the battle at Boydton Plank Road. He was under Wilson in his unsuccessful attempts to capture the Weldon railroad, was at the storming of three forts, at the battles at Hatcher's Run and Stony Creek, and in the successful attempts to capture the Weldon railroad, making thirteen engagements. He was under Sheridan in his last encounter with the rebels, and saw the surrender of R. E. Lee at Appomattox Court-house April 9, 1865. He was discharged Aug. 9, 1865.

David Varney, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Edward K. Varney, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was discharged July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted for one year, was mustered into Com. H, 9th Me., Capt. Stephen C. H. Smith, Oct. 6, 1864, and was discharged in Sept., 1865.

William S. Weeks, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, was discharged July 15, 1863, re-enlisted, was mustered into Com. F, Coast Guards, Capt. Charles H. Conant, and was discharged July 7, 1865.

Isaac D. White, Com. G, 13th Me., Capt. Amos G. Goodwin, was mustered into the service Dec. 31, 1961, for three years, and died.*

John F. Wiggin, Com. F, 133d Regt. Penn., was mustered into the service in the spring of 1862, was mortally wounded at the battle of Fredericksburgh, and died two weeks after at Washington, D. C.*

James M. Wilkinson, Com. A, 11th Me., Capt. Randall Libby, was mustered into the service Oct. 12,


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1863, for three years, and was in the following battles in 1864: Drury's Bluff, May 14, 15, and 16, Bermuda Hundred from June 2 to June 20, Strawberry Plain July 26, Deep Bottom Aug. 14, and Flusser's Mills Aug. 16. He died in the hospital at Point of Rocks, of chronic diarrhœa, Sept. 2, 1864.

Darius Wormwood, Com. K, 23d Me., Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months, and was discharged July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted in Com. F, Coast Guards, was mustered in, Jan. 6, 1865, Capt. Charles H. Conant, and was discharged July 7, 1865.

Of these eighty-one soldiers, seventy-eight belonged to Maine regiments; two to 3d Infantry, two to 5th, one to 8th, six to 9th, seven to 10th, six to 11th, one to 12th, seven to 13th, one to 17th, twenty-eight to 23d, two to 27th, ten to 29th, one to 1st Veteran Infantry, three to 1st Cavalry, and one to 1st Heavy Artillery.

David W. Cook, Elias Downs, Samuel Durgin, Luther P. Merifield, and Moses B. Merifield enlisted as Coast Guards only. They were mustered into Com. F, Capt. Charles H. Conant, Jan. 6, 1865, and were discharged July 7, 1865.