5th Maine Infantry
|Commanding Officer: |
Col. Nathaniel J. Jackson
|Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:|
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #102: Sixth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 4 PM
Tablet #71: Slocum's Division, Sixth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 19 Sep, 9 AM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - Sixth (VI) Army Corps
Division - 1st Division, VI Corps
Brigade - 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps
History of the Unit:
"The 5th Maine left Portland for Washington D.C. on June 25, passing through New York City where the regiment was presented with its regimental flag. The regiment was initially brigaded with the 3rd and 4th Maine and the 2nd Vermont under the command of Colonel Oliver O. Howard as part of the Third Brigade, Third Division of the Army of Northeastern Virginia. On July 21, the regiment was ordered on the "double quick" to Manassas, Virginia, a disastrous march for the men of the 5th Maine, many of whom collapsed from exhaustion, sun stroke, and dehydration while on the march. The remaining members of the 5th Maine arrived at Manassas to find a confusion of retreating Union soldiers, citizens, and others. Colonel Mark H. Dunnell noted in his report to Colonel Howard that the "best, stoutest, and bravest men failed, and fell by the roadside" among them Captain Edwards. The 5th Maine lost over four hundred men, killed, wounded, or missing."
"In August 1861, the 5th Maine was attached to Heintzelman's brigade. On September 9, Colonel Nathaniel J. Jackson was given command of the regiment, which led to a near mutiny in the regiment. Several officers resigned and General Henry W. Slocum had to act swiftly to prevent further mutinous acts by the members of the 5th Maine."
"In the battle of Gaines' Mill the 5th lost 10 killed, 69 wounded and 16 missing, its gallant Col. Jackson was carried wounded from the field and Lieut.-Col. Heath was among the killed. "
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Source: Clark S. Edwards Papers, 1861-1903, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas.
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