United States Regiments & Batteries > Maine

The 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 12 officers and 195 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 officers and 159 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

The regiment is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.

August 18 Organized at Camp King, Cape Elizabeth, and mustered in
August 21 Left State for Washington, D.C.; Attached to Defenses of Washington
August 23-
October 7
Garrison duty in the Defenses of Washington; Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac
October 8-12 At Upton’s Hill, Virginia
October 12-28 At Edwards Ferry
October 28-
November 22
Advance to Warrenton, thence to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
January 20-24 “Mud March”
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5 Battle of Chancellorsville
June 13-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

From the monuments:

The Seventeenth Maine fought here in the Wheatfield 2 1/2 hours, and at this position from 4:10 to 5:45 p.m., July 2, 1863. On July 3, at the time of the enemy’s assault, it reinforced the centre and supported artillery. Loss 132. Killed or mortally wounded 3 officers, 37 men. Wounded, 5 officers, 87 men.

130 killed and wounded July 2, 1863. 357 engaged; Lt. Col. Chas. B. Merrill, commanding. Wheat-field July 2, 1863; Pickett’s Repulse, July 3, 1863.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee
July 23 Wapping Heights
October 9-22 Bristoe Campaign
October 14 Auburn and Bristoe
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 7 Kelly’s Ford
November 26-
December 2
Mine Run Campaign
November 27 Payne’s Farm
November 28-30 Mine Run
February 6-7 Demonstration on the Rapidan
March Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps
May 3-June 15 Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8 Laurel Hill
May 8-21
Spotsylvania Court House
May 10 Po River
May 12 “Bloody Angle,” Assault on the Salient
May 19
Harris Farm (Fredericksburg Road)
May 23-26 North Anna
May 26-28 Line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Corps
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
June 16-19 First Assault on Petersburg
June 16 Siege of Petersburg begins
June 22-23 Jerusalem Plank Road
July 27-28 Deep Bottom, north of the James
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg
August 13-20 Demonstration north of the James
August 14-18 Strawberry Plains
August 25 Ream’s Station
September 29-October 2 Poplar Springs Church
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
December 7-11 Raid on Weldon Railroad
February 5-7 Dabney’s Mills
March Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Corps
March 28-
April 9
Appomattox Campaign
March 29 South Side Railroad
March 30-31 Boydton Road and White Oak Ridge
April 2 Fall of Petersburg
April 5 Jettersville
April 6
Sailor’s Creek
April 6-7 High Bridge
April 7 Farmville
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

April 11-May 1 At Burkesville
May 1-15 March to Washington, D. C.
May 23 Grand Review
June 4 Mustered out at Bailey’s Cross Roads; Recruits transferred to 1st Maine Heavy Artillery
June 10 Discharged at Portland, Me.