Wounded in Florida! Presented here is an ink signed cdv of 2nd Maine Cavalry officer Samuel F. Stoddard. He is wearing a great Lincoln mourning ribbon on his chest.
Also included is a postwar business card of then Doctor Stoddard while living in Minnesota. Ink id'd on the back (see below), Machias, Maine b/m.
$275.00 plus shipping
Samuel F. Stoddard, Jr
Residence Farmington ME; 17 years old.
Enlisted on 9/7/1861 as a Musician.
On 9/7/1861 he mustered into Band ME 8th Infantry
He was discharged on 11/1/1862
On 12/11/1863 he mustered into "F" Co. ME 2nd Cavalry
He was discharged for promotion on 1/3/1865
On 1/9/1865 he was commissioned into "D" Co. ME Coast Guard Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 9/6/1865
He was listed as:
* Wounded 9/27/1864 Marianna, FL
* 1st Sergt 12/11/1863 (As of Co. F 2nd ME Cavalry)
* 1st Lieut 1/9/1865 (As of Co. D ME Coast Guard Infantry)
Second Cavalry.-Col., Ephraim W. Woodman; Lieut.-Cols.,
John F. Godfrey, Andrew B. Spurling; Majs., Charles A. Miller,
Eben Hutchinson, Andrew B. Spurling, Nathan Cutler. This
regiment was organized at Augusta at the close of the year
1863, and the men were mustered in between Nov. 30, and Jan.
2, 1864, to serve for three years. It numbered 989 men, all
of good physique and well armed and disciplined. It was
assigned to the Department of the Gulf and arrived in five
detachments at New Orleans, during April, 1864. Companies A
and D, and a part of G, the first to arrive, were at once
ordered to Alexandria, La. and assigned to the 3d cavalry
brigade, to participate in the Red River expedition. They
took part in the engagements at Cherryville cross-roads
Marksville, Avoyelles prairie and Yellow bayou, and rejoined
the main body of the regiment at Thibodeaux on June 1. In
August the regiment went to Pensacola, Fla., arriving on the
11th, and encamped near Barrancas. During the balance of this
year it was engaged in fatigue duty, and participated in raids
to Marianna, Fla., and Pollard, Ala. In each of these raids
severe damage was inflicted on the enemy, many prisoners and
large quantities of stores being captured. In the raid to
Pollard four distinct battles were fought, but Lieut.-Col.
Spurling, on whom the command of the expedition had devolved,
succeeded in conducting his command, encumbered with a train
of 50 wagons, 60 miles through the enemy's country, attacked
constantly on front, rear and flanks by a superior force. The
regiment suffered much during the summer of 1864, from
sickness, induced by a sudden change to the excessive heat of
southern Louisiana. At one time only 450 were able to report
for duty, and during the year the regiment lost by deaths one
officer and 278 enlisted men. On Feb. 23, 1865, Lieut.-Col.
Spurling with 300 men routed the enemy at Milton, Fla. The
regiment joined Gen. Steele's command at Pensacola on March
19, and participated in the campaign which resulted in the
capture of Mobile, and opened up the State of Alabama to the
Union forces. The regiment rendered highly efficient service,
captured many prisoners, destroyed much railroad and other
property, frequently engaged the enemy, and opened
communication with Gen. Canby, who was besieging Spanish Fort.
After the fall of Mobile, a detachment of the regiment
accompanied the 16th corps-on a 200-mile march to Montgomery,
Ala. In Aug., 1865, detachments of the regiment were
stationed at various points in western Florida to preserve the
peace. On Dec. 1, it was concentrated at Barrancas, and was
mustered out on the 6th, though 25 officers and 116 men
remained in Florida, and 14 officers and 500 enlisted men
returned to Augusta, where they were finally paid and discharged.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 1