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Federal (USV)


Abel Goddard Rankin

(1831 - ?)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Maine Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 31, from Lewiston, he enlisted as Private, Company F, First Maine Infantry for 3 months service on 3 May 1861. He enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company F, 10th Maine Infantry, and mustered on 4 October 1861. He was slightly wounded in action at Cedar Mountain in August 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company in May 1863 and was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company F, 29th Maine Infantry on 13 November 1863. He was promoted to Captain on 1 November 1865 and mustered out 6 June 1866. He was honored by brevet to Major on 25 June 1866.

After the War

In 1870 he was an insurance agent in Springfield, MA. By 1872 he was a paperhanger in Boston, and in the same profession in Manchester, NH by 1879. He began receiving a Federal pension for heart disease in 1880 in Manchester. He became paralyzed and completely disabled by January 1886, and lived on a Federal disability pension thereafter.

References & notes

Service from the Maine Adjutant General1 and Gould's History. 2 His occupation from Springfield, Boston and Manchester City Directories of 1870, 1872, 1879.


07/01/1831; Vassalboro, 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. 279  [AotW citation 17431]

2   Gould, John Mead, History of the First - Tenth - Twenty-ninth Maine regiment, Portland: Stephen Berry, 1871, pp. 258, 655  [AotW citation 17432]