A Maine Teenager Fights for the Union

Albert Crockett of Durham, Maine, joined the army as soon as he turned 18, which was in 1863. He enlisted as a private in Company E of the Thirtieth Maine Infantry. The regiment played an important part in the failed 1864 Red River Campaign in Louisiana. According to The Union Army, Vol. 1, “It participated in the Red River campaign as a part of the 3d Brigade 1st Division, 19th Corps, and took an honorable part in the battles of Sabine cross-roads and Pleasant Hill on April 8 and 9, respectively. It lost in the two engagements 11 killed, 66 wounded and 71 missing, and during the retreat of the Union forces to the Mississippi river, it took the most prominent part in the dislodgment of the enemy at Cane river crossing, which was perhaps the most gallant action of the disastrous campaign. Its loss here was 2 officers and 10 men killed, 2 officers and 67 men wounded, and 7 men missing.”

Crockett survived the war and lived until 1915.

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A Maine Teenager Fights for the Union

An Able New York Recruit

Albert Kendrick was recruited for the 35th in early 1862, after the regiment had been in uniform for about nine months of their 2-year enlistment. He joined in April 1862 as a private, and was steadily promoted through the year to second lieutenant. The Thirty-fifth participated in the battles of Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. The regiment mustered out of the army in June 1863—just a month before the Battle of Gettysburg.

His carte de visite is new to my collection, and now available on PinterestTumblr, and Flickr.
An Able New York Recruit

Mississippi River Blockader

Engineer Albert J. Kenyon sits in profile in this carte de visite portrait by Janson & Adams of Santiago, Cuba. Appointed to the navy from New York in 1861, Kenyon served on the vessels Chippewa, Neptune, and Richmond during the Civil War. As an engineer with the crew of the wooden steam sloop Richmond, he participated in the Mississippi River blockade, including successful operations against Vicksburg and Port Hudson. He continued in the navy after the war, and died in 1888.

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Mississippi River Blockader