First Brigade, First Division
Colonel C D Jameson, commanding the 2nd Maine Infantry
Second Maine Infantry
Mustered in United States service for two years volunteers on 28 May, 1861, and arrived at Washington D. C. on 30 June, 1861
COLONEL C D JAMESON
LIEUTENANT COLONEL C W ROBERTS
MAJOR G VARNEY
- Company A Bangor Light Infantry: CAPT. H BARTLETT
- Company B Castine Light Infantry: CAPT. C W TILDEN
Captain S K Devereux resigned on account of his official duties as Collector of the port of Castine, Maine, and First Lieutenant C W Tilden was promoted to captain.
- Company C Brewer Artillery: CAPT. N E JONES
- Company D Milo Artillery: CAPT. J S SAMPSON
- Company E Bangor Company: CAPT. L EMERSON
- Company F Bangor Company: CAPT. D CHAPLIN
- Company G Bangor Tigers: CAPT. D F SARGENT
- Company H Gymnasium Company: CAPT. F MEINECKE
- Company I (1st) Gratton Guards: CAPT. J CARROLL
The company was depleted by October 1861 and as the officers resigned the company was disbanded.
- Company I (2nd): CAPT. D WHITE
Captain D White, Bangor, Maine, organised the company and was assigned in December 1861.
- Company K Old Town Company: CAPT. F C FOSS
"After going a short distance, he saw ahead of him in the woods some men wearing a grey uniform (quite a number of our northern regiments at the time wore a grey uniform very similar to that worn by the rebels, the Second Maine among the rest)."
Wooden nutmegs at Bull Run: A humorous account of some of the exploits and experiences of the three months Connecticut brigade, and the part they bore in the national stampede, by Elnathan B Tyler
"Although numerically the second, this was in fact the first regiment that left the state for the seat of the war."
"The uniforms were grey throughout with drab felt hats, regulation pattern."
"Having slept in the opem air from Tuesday night, starting at half past two in the morning in the rear of the advancing column and marching seven miles at double quick step, the men fell by the wayside one by one, exhausted from over-exertion, so that not more than half of the regiment was present when it arrived on the battle field, and other regiments were in about the same condition."
Maine in the war for the Union: A history of the part borne by Maine troops in the supression of the American Rebellion, by William E S Whitman and Charles H True
The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states 1861–65, records of the regiments in the Union army, cyclopedia of battles, memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume 1, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware
The 2nd Maine Infantry was organised at Bangor, Maine, and was ordered to proceed to New York on 14 May, 1861. The regiment was mustered in United States service at Willett's Point, Long Island, New York, for two years on 28 May, 1861. The 2nd Maine Infantry arrived at Washington D. C. on 30 June, 1861, and encamped on Meridian Hill, Washington D. C. The regiment was ordered to proceed to Falls Church, Virginia, on 1 July, 1861, and encamped near the Fairfax Road, Virginia. The First Brigade, First Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, under the command of Colonel E D Keyes, was ordered to proceed to Vienna, Virginia, via the Georgetown Turnpike and the Leesburg Stone Roads, at 2 PM on 16 July, 1861. Colonel E D Keyes was ordered to proceed between Fairfax Courthouse and Centreville, Virginia, to Germantown, Virginia, at 5.30 AM on 17 July, 1861, and was ordered to proceed along the Warrenton Pike to Centreville, Virginia, at 7 AM on 18 July, 1861. The First Brigade, First Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, arrived at Centreville, Virginia, at 9 AM on 18 July, 1861. The 2nd Maine Infantry was ordered to proceed along the Warrenton Turnpike to the Stone Bridge, on the Bull Run River, between 2 and 2.30 AM on 21 July, 1861, and was assigned as a reserve on the road to Manassas Junction. After the first battle of Bull Run the regiment was ordered to retreat to Centreville, Virginia, and was ordered to return to Camp McDowell, near Alexandria, Virginia, at 10 AM on 21 July, 1861. The 2nd Maine Infantry arrived at Camp McDowell, near Alexandria, Virginia, at in the morning on 22 July, 1861, and was ordered near Fort Corcoran, Arlington Heights, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861. The First Brigade, First Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, was disbanded and the 2nd Maine Infantry was temporarily assigned to Brigadier General W T Sherman. After two weeks Lieutenant Colonel C W Roberts was assigned to command the post at Fort Corcoran, Arlington Heights, Virginia.
The 2nd Maine Infantry was mustered out on 4 and 9 June, 1863, and the three years men were transferred to the 20th Maine Infantry.
Lieutenant Colonel E D Keyes, United States Army and Military Secretary to Lieutenant General W Scott, was ordered to New York with Captain M C Meigs, United States Corps Engineers, and First Lieutenant D D Porter, United States Navy, on 3 April, 1861. Captain M C Meigs, First Lieutenant D D Porter, and the Secretary of State W H Seward organised a plan for the relief of Fort Pickens, Florida (See the Fort Pickens Relief Expedition). On 21 April, 1861, Lieutenant Colonel E D Keyes was ordered to return to Washington D. C. and, under the authority of Major General C W Sandford, New York militia, and Governor W Sprague, Rhode Island, assumed command of the 6th New York State Militia, the 12th New York State Militia, the 71st New York State Militia, and the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia proceeded to Fort Monroe, Virginia, on board the steamers Baltic, R R Cuyler, and Coatzacoalcos (See the Defenses of Washington D. C.). Lieutenant Colonel E D Keyes was on board the steamer Baltic with the 12th New York State Militia and arrived at Fort Monroe, Virginia, at 4 PM on 22 April, 1861. After Lieutenant Colonel E D Keyes arrived at Annapolis, Maryland, he proceeded to Washington D. C. and on 2 May, 1861, was ordered to report for duty to Governor E D Morgan at Albany, New York, to organise the New York volunteers. Lieutenant Colonel E D Keyes was promoted to colonel of 11th United States Infantry on 14 May, 1861, and proceeded to Boston, Massachsetts, to recruit the 11th United States Infantry. Colonel E D Keyes assumed command of the First Brigade, First Division, Army of Northeastern Virginia, in July 1861, and after the first battle of Bull Run was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers in August 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.
The Military District of the Potomac was established on 25 July, 1861 by consolidating the Military District of Washington and the Department of Northeastern Virginia and redesignated the Department of the Potomac on 15 August, 1861. The 2nd Maine Infantry was assigned for garrison duty at Fort Corcoran, on 29 July, 1861, under the temporary command of Brigadier General W T Sherman.
OFFICIAL REPORT NO.18: Series I, Volume 2 (S# 2), Chapter IX, pp. 356–357
Colonel C D Jameson, Second Maine Infantry
Orders of Battle
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