1863 20TH MAINE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY LONG SERVING OFFICER

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Preprinted document filled out in period ink. Item meas. approx. 10.50 x 8.00 inches. The paper is clean but for a water and ink stain in the upper left corner and two ink spots at upper right center.

The document is a form No 27 which shows that on February 18, 1863 1st Lieutenant Alden Litchfield, quartermaster of the 20th Maine Volunteers received one new bugle with extra mouthpiece from Lieutenant D. Webster Clark of the 83rd PA. Document is signed by Litchfield.

Who knows? This may be one of the bugles that blew the call to charge down Little Round Top five months later.

Alden Litchfield was born in Union, Maine on April 13, 1831. He was living in Rockland, Maine when he was commissioned 1st lieutenant and quartermaster of the 20th Maine on November 11, 1862. He served with the regiment until his muster out on June 4, 1865.

Litchfield died in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 1911 and is buried in Hope Grove Cemetery, Hope, Maine.  [ad]

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