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The 27th Maine Infantry Regiment lost 1 officer and 21 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War and one man was killed by the accidental discarge of his musket.

1862
September 30 Organized at Portland and mustered in for nine months’ service under the command of Colonel Rufus Tapley.
October 20 Left State for Washington, D.C.
October 23 –
December 12
Duty at Arlington Heights, Va. and at Hunting Creek attached to Casey’s Division, Defenses of Washington
1863
January Colonel Rufus Tapley resigned, and Lieutenant Colonel Mark F. Wentworth was promoted to colonel in command of the regiment.
February Attached to 1st Brigade, Casey’s Division, 22nd Corps
March 24 Moved to Chantilly, Va. and duty there.
April Assigned to 1st Brigade, Abercrombie’s Division, 22nd Corps
June 26 The regiment was ordered to rear to muster out. When other regiments who were mustering out declined a request by the War Department to extend their enlistments during the Gettysburg crisis the 27th Maine agreed. Secretary Stanton promised Medals of Honor to all those of the regiment who agreed to stay.
July 4 Left Washington for home.
July 17 The regiment mustered out.  After the end of the war over 800 Medals of Honor were awarded to the regiment to be distributed by Colonel Wentworth to those who stayed with him at the end of their enlistments. But in 1917 these were purged by Congress as the the regiment’s action did not meet the criteria for the Medal.