INK SIGNED CDV OF A MAINE OFFICER WHO SERVED IN FOUR DIFFERENT REGIMENTS AND WAS CAPTURED IN THE PETERSBURG CRATER – HERBERT R. SARGENT

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CDV is a bust view of Captain Herbert R. Sargent. He wears a dark frock coat with clearly visible captain’s shoulder straps.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount corners have been clipped otherwise the mount and paper are very good. Signed boldly at bottom “YOURS TRULY H. R. SARGENT CAPT. 32 ME.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for A. M. McKENNEY… PORTLAND. There is also a 2 cent revenue stamp attached at top.

Herbert R. Sargent was a 25 year old resident of Portland when he enlisted for three months service as a sergeant in Company E, 1st Maine Infantry. During its service the regiment guarded Washington, D.C. Sargent was mustered out at Portland, Maine on August 5, 1861.

Next, Sargent enlisted for two years service as a sergeant in Company E, 10th Maine Infantry on October 4, 1861. He received a commission to 2nd lieutenant on December 18, 1862. While with the regiment he saw action at Winchester, Cedar Mountain and Antietam. He was promoted to captain on January 1, 1863 and may have saw action at Chancellorsville before being mustered out on May 8, 1863.

Sargent would be commissioned captain of Company C, 32nd Maine Infantry on March 23, 1864. With the 32nd he saw action at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church and Petersburg.

During the battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, Captain Sargent, now commanding the regiment, led his men forward; Sargent was captured and confined at Macon, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.

After his exchange in December of 1864 Sargent was assigned to Company C, 31st Maine with whom he finished out the war being mustered out on July 15, 1865.

After the war Sargent returned to Portland where he was active in politics serving as inspector of customs and two terms as a US Marshall and Deputy Sheriff. He was also a past grand sachem of The Order of Red Men and served on the staff of national and state commanders in the GAR as well as being a past commander of the Bosworth Post.

Herbert R. Sargent died in Portland, Maine on July 16, 1911 and is buried there in Evergreen Cemetery.  [ad] [ph:L]

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