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Federal (USV)


Dennis McGoverin

(1824 - 1889)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 37, from Portland, he enlisted in Company F, 10th Maine Infantry on 18 August 1862.

On the Campaign

On the 17th at Antietam, the 10th Maine was deployed on either side of the Smoketown Road near the East Woods ...

The fire which we received was also a very severe, one and despite our shelter, it was very destructive to us, for the forces were so scattered that hardly a man could hide his front without exposing his side. Co F and the others who had the ledge for shelter were more favored, but they were annoyed by some plunging shots for a long time before they discovered rebel sharpshooters in the trees. Dennis McGoverin of F, an Irish recruit, brought down one of these, Peter McCluskey of I another, and some one else dropped a third who had climbing irons strapped on his legs.

The rest of the War

He transferred to Company D in 1863, and transferred to D of the 29th Maine on 31 May 1864. He mustered out with them on 14 May 1865.

References & notes

Service from the Maine Adjutant General1. The quote above from Gould.2 His gravestone has him as Dennis McGovern.


07/25/1824 in IRELAND


12/20/1889; burial in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pg. 280  [AotW citation 17397]

2   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 238-239  [AotW citation 17398]