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Autograph, General Hiram Burnham

 
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Killed in action at Fort Harrison, Va., in 1864

War Date Document Signed

Also signed twice by Captain Sewall C. Gray, who was killed in the battle of Chancellorsville


(1814-64) He was commissioned Colonel of the 6th Maine Infantry, on July 15, 1861, and fought in the 1862 Peninsular campaign; at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and in the 1864 Overland campaign. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 26, 1864. During the siege of Petersburg, while engaged in a probing action to determine the Confederate strength at Fort Harrison, Burnham was killed, on Sept. 29, 1864.

War Date Document Signed: 8 x 10, imprinted special requisition, filled out in ink. For 60 pairs of leggins, issued to Co. A, 6th Regiment Maine Infantry, while stationed near Potomac Creek, Va. Signed twice by S.C. Gray, Capt., Comdg. Co. A, 6th Maine Vols., and by Hiram Burnham, as Col. Commanding Regt. Dated March 9, 1863. Light wear. Very fine.

Sewall C. Gray, was a 22 year old resident of Exeter, Me., when he enlisted on July 15, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. A, 6th Maine Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1861, the exact date is unknown; promoted to captain, June 15, 1862; killed in action during the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.

In the spring of 1862, the 6th Regiment Maine Infantry was attached to the 4th Corps under General E.D. Keyes, and advanced with the rest of the Army of the Potomac on Yorktown, Va., on April 4, 1862. For the rest of its three years in service they saw the most arduous and active service. The regiment participated in ten general engagements and in a great many skirmishes. On April 5-7, 1862, it was engaged in skirmishing and reconnaissance at the siege of Yorktown, and subsequently took part in the engagements at Lee's Mills, Williamsburg, Garnett's Farm, White Oak Bridge, Antietam and Fredericksburg. From Feb. 2 to May 11, 1863, it was with the "Light Division" and during this period fought in the battle of Chancellorsville, where it lost 128 officers and men killed and wounded. Other important battles in which the 6th Maine were engaged in were Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, where it lost 16 officers and 123 men; the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and two days later in an attack on the enemy's works on the right, it lost 125 in killed, wounded and missing. On June 12, 1864, the regiment only numbered 70 men, and was under fire for eight hours, supporting General Winfield S. Hancock's Corps, losing 16 officers and men. The original members of the regiment were mustered out of service on August 15, 1864.

Source: The Union Army, Vol. I



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