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2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry mustered in May 28, 1861 and organized at Bangor. It mustered out June 9, 1863. The length of its service was 2 years. [1]

It organized at Bangor for three months' service. Left State for Willett's Point, N.Y., May 14, 1861. Mustered into U.S. service for two and three years May 28, 1861. Moved to Washington, D.C., May 30. Attached to Keyes' Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army of Northeastern Virginia, June to August, 1861. Fort Corcoran, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Martindale's Brigade, Fitz-John Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to June, 1863 [2].

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry timeline from organization to discharge.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - Bangor Light Infantry

Company B - Castine Light Infantry

Company C - Brewer Artillery

Company D - Milo Artillery

Company E - Bangor Company

Company F - Bangor Company

Company G - Bangor Tigers

Company H - Gymnasium Company

Company I - Grattan Guards

Company K - Old Town Company

Above Company names from Department of the Secretary of State Maine Archives

Company "D", Second Regiment Maine, U.S. Sharpshooters -roster with age rank, and residence

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,830 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Maine in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Maine in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Maine, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Mundy, James H. Second to None: the Story of the 2d Maine Volunteer Infantry "The Bangor Regiment." (Scarborough, Maine : Harp Publications, c1992). 280 pages. FHL 974.1 M2mu
  • Stanley, Ruel H,. Eastern Maine and the Rebellion : being an account of the principal local events in eastern Maine during the war and brief histories of eastern Maine regiments. (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, c2002), FHL book 974.1 H2srh

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 November 2010).
  2. The Civil War Archive [1]