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in the Civil War
|Nineteenth Infantry. Cols., Frederick D. Sewell, Francis E. Heath,
Selden Connor, James W. Welch, Isaac W. Starbird; Lieut.-Cols., Francis E. Heath, Henry W.
Cunningham, Isaac W. Starbird, Joseph W. Spaulding; Majs., Henry W. Cunningham, James W.
Welch, Isaac W. Starbird, Joseph W. Spaulding, David E. Parsons. A large portion of the
men in the 19th came from Sagadohoc, Waldo, Knox and Kennebec counties and the regiment
was mustered into the U. S. service at Bath, Aug. 25, 1862, to serve for three years. On
the 27th it left for Washington, numbering 39 officers and 969 enlisted men, having been
raised, organized and equipped in less than four weeks. It remained in garrison at
Washington until the end of September, when it went to Harper's Ferry, and was assigned to
the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps. During a reconnaissance in force Oct. 16, to
Charlestown, it was under fire for the first time, the men behaving with the coolness
which ever afterwards characterized the regiment. During its term of service, it saw an
unusual amount of active duty, and, in addition to innumerable skirmishes, was engaged in
the battles at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Bristoe Station, Gettysburg, the
Wilderness, Mine run, Spottsylvania Court House, Po river, Totopotomy, North Anna river,
Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Reams' station, Strawberry Plains,
Hatcher's run, Boydton plank road, Fort Powell, Amelia Springs and High bridge. At
Gettysburg it went into action with 440 officers and men and lost during two days 12
officers and 220 enlisted men. Its losses were also very severe at the battle of the
Wilderness, on the Jerusalem plank road, and in front of Petersburg. It was exposed to the
fire of artillery and sharpshooters in the immediate front of Petersburg both night and
day, from Oct. 20 to 26, 1864. Its casualties during the year 1864 were as follows :
killed in action, 61 ; wounded, 16 officers, 283 men ; captured, 1 officer, 133 men. On
June 18, 1864, 277 men were transferred to this regiment from the 4th Me. infantry, and on
Oct. 22, 1864, the 5th unassigned Me. infantry, organized at Augusta, Oct. 4, 1864, to
serve one, two and three years, joined this regiment. On May 2, 1865, it left Burkesville,
Va., for Washington, and was mustered out on May 31 at Bailey's cross-roads. The officers
and men whose term of service did not expire prior to Oct. 1, 1865, were transferred to
the 1st Me. heavy artillery.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1