[3rd Maine Regiment]. McDaniel Brothers and Friends Archive of 28 Civil War-Dated Letters and 3 Cased Images. This archive includes letters from three McDaniel brothers from Somerville, Maine, as well as letters from soldiers from other Maine regiments. Most letters were written to Isabell McDaniel, the sister of the McDaniel brothers. All letters are written by Union privates from Maine and contain military content. The three tintypes feature Union soldiers; two tintypes likely feature two of the McDaniel brothers. The 3rd Maine volunteer Infantry Regiment mustered in on June 4, 1861, for three years and was commanded by Colonel Moses B. Lakeman. The regiment fought at the First Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cold Harbor. Brothers Samuel and Gardiner McDaniel were each twenty years old when they enlsited. Their older brother, George W., was seven twenty-seven. All three mustered into the 3rd Maine Infantry, Co. "I", on June 4, 1861. Samuel died at White House, Virginia, on June 18, 1862. Gardiner and George served through the rest of the war. Letters have been well cared for and bear expecting age-toning and minor soiling.

    The three encased sixth-plate tintypes of Union soldiers, likely feature the McDaniel brothers and other soldiers from Somerville. Two images feature single soldiers, each wearing or holding an infantryman's Hardee hat bearing the brass infantry bugle insignia with an "I" (each of the three brothers served in Co. "I"). The third tintype features three Union soldiers, who could be brothers, though they don't favor the two soldiers in the other two tintypes. The fronts of two cases have become completely unhinged. All images are very clear.

    Two letters are written from Samuel; one is written on the back of a colorful printed poem entitled "Soldier's Memento." Four letters from George, one dated April 23, 1865, from Savannah, writing that "Seven hundred prisernors from Gen Lee's army the come in last thirsday. . . . what do they [those at home] think about Lee Surendering and also Abe Lencoln hard luck to The man that Shot him." Gardiner wrote twelve of the remaining letters in this collection. He appears to have transferred from the 3rd Maine to the 7th Maine Light Artillery in January 1864. In August 1862, the young soldier was in the "General Hospital" with "Direa." On April 13, 1865, from Farmville, Virginia, he writes about the end of the war, "I suppose you have learn of our victory over the rebel army we have taken Petersburg and Richmond and caused the whole rebel army to serender."

    Three additional letters are written from relatives from Somerville: Nelson McDaniel, a cousin to the McDaniel brothers, served in the 2nd Maine Cavalry wrote (undated); William McDaniel from the 32nd Maine Infantry writes from New York in 1868; Francis McDaniel of the 32nd Maine Infantry writes from "Near Petersburg" on Christmas Day 1864.

    Also included are letters from other soldiers from Somerville: three letters from Levi W. Bran, who also served in the 3rd Maine (one was written "on the battle ground of fair oaks" on June 14, 1862; the other two are dated June and November 1863); one letter from Amos Dennis from the 3rd Maine dated January 1861; one letter from Orpheus P. Bran of the 2nd Maine Volunteer Cavalry Regiment dated January 1865 while serving in Florida; one letter from Charles Blackington of the 15th Maine Infantry from New Orleans on July 14, 1864; and one from Sanborn Howe of the 57th Massachusetts Volunteers from Washington on February 9, 1865.

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