28th Maine Infantry Regiment record books, 1862-1863

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United States.. Army.. Maine Infantry Regiment, 28th (1862-1863)
The 28th Maine Infantry Regiment was mustered in October 1862 in Augusta, Maine, and served until August 1863 in the Union Army during the American Civil War. This collection contains four volumes of regimental descriptive and order books documenting the company's activities and enlisted men.
2 Linear Feet (4 volumes)
Materials in English.
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Scope and content:

Collection consists of four regimental descriptive and orders books with names and descriptions of the 28th Maine's enlisted men and officers, as well as an order book with copies of orders issued and received by the commanders of the unit from 1862 to 1863. It records the regiment's travels from Maine through New York, Washington, and the Gulf coast region, including New Orleans and Pensacola. Inventory lists notes which soldiers died of disease or were killed in action at Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The orders book includes records of court martials, troop transfers, and rules and regulations.

Biographical / historical:

The 28th Maine Infantry mustered into Union Army service on October 18, 1862, and mustered out on August 31, 1863. It was organized in Augusta, Maine, under Col. Ephriam W. Woodman. The regiment served at Fort Schuyler, New York, and then Fortress Monroe, Virginia, before traveling to New Orleans in January 1863. The 28th Maine then joined the Department of the Gulf and served in Louisiana and Pensacola. During this time troops fought in two engagements: several companies were ordered to Port Hudson, Louisiana (May 26-July 9, 1863); and other companies participated in the seige and battle of Donaldsonville, Louisiana (June 28, 1863).

Records indicated the regiment lost a total of 154 men during service, largely due to disease.

Sources: Maine's Regimental Historical Records Page, authored by the Maine State Archives; Wikipedia "28th Maine Infantry Regiment." Accessed June 2021.

Acquisition information:
The 28th Maine Infantry Regiment record books were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1939.
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Processed by RL Staff, June 1939. Rehoused and described by Meghan Lyon, June 2021.

Originally numbered as Volumes F-4167, F-4168, F-4169, and F-4170.

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Soldiers -- 19th century
Registers (Lists)
United States. Army -- Military life
United States. Army--History -- Civil War, 1861-1865


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