VERY NICE FULL STANDING VIEW OF 16TH MAINE COMPANY QUARTERMASTER SERGENT

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CDV is of Joel S. Stevens of Company H, 16th Maine Infantry standing cross legged and leaning against a chair with one arm resting on his hip. He wears a dark shell jacket with matching dark vest and trousers. The shell jacket is interesting in that it has 18 button front with light piping on the collar, cuffs and down the front and along the bottom edge. Each sleeve has company quartermaster sergeant chevrons, a veteran stripe and 6 buttons on each cuff.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount and paper have light surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for G. W. TUTTLE… THOMASTON, ME. Top has a faint old pencil ID of “JOEL S. STEVENS 16th ME.” ID is confirmed by an online image of Stevens as an older man.

Joel Sawyer Stevens was born in Mount Holly, Vermont on April 8, 1821. He was educated at the Methodist Episcopal General Biblical Institute and entered the ministry. Rev. Stevens was living in Frankfort, Maine when the Civil War began. On August 14, 1862, the 40 year old Stevens laid aside his ministry and enlisted as a sergeant in Company H, 16th Maine Infantry. In 1863 he was reduced to ranks and was discharged for disability suffering from scurvy and camp fever on January 13, 1865.

After the war Stevens became known as a prominent prohibitionist. He was also an active member of the General Sedgwick Post #17 of the GAR in Orange, Massachusetts where he took up residence. Stevens was also known as a frequent contributor to the GAR newspaper “THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE” writing in their columns titled “CURIOUS CORNER” and “BIBLE BRIGADE.”

Rev. Stevens died in Orange on September 29, 1895 and is buried there in Central Cemetery.

The 16th Maine served in both the 1st and 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw action at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad and Hatcher’s Run. The regiment suffered heavily at Gettysburg on July1, 1863 and is famous for its stand on Oak Ridge and for tearing its battle flags from their staffs and giving each man a piece before being overrun. At Gettysburg the regiment lost 14 killed, 56 wounded, 108 captured and 26 missing.

Very nice image of a veteran of a hard fought unit.  [ad] [ph:L]

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