|1st Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
Flag of the United States, 1861-1863
|Active||3 May 1861 to 5 August 1861|
Abraham Lincoln's first call for volunteers in April, 1861 required Maine to raise one regiment of infantry. This was done by reorganizing ten existing companies of the state militia, completed at Portland, Maine on 28 April 1861 and mustered into service on 3 May 1861, a total of 779 soldiers. The First Maine was transferred to Washington, D.C. on 1 June 1861, where it remained until 1 August 1861, encamped on Meridian Hill. It spent its entire service in the Washington defenses and saw no combat. They were mustered out on 5 August 1861. Many soldiers in the regiment who wanted to remain in service reenlisted into other Maine regiments being organized.
The regiment lost no men during its brief period of service.
Maine Units in the Civil War
- Hodsdon, John L. Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine 31 Dec 1861. Stevens & Sayward, Augusta, 1862
- State of Maine Civil War Records Website
- Photograph of Company A, 1st Regiment, ca. 1861, from the Maine Memory Network
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