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11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Flag of Maine
Active November 12, 1861 to February 2, 1866
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Peninsula Campaign
Siege of Charleston, South Carolina 1862-1863
Siege of Petersburg
Appomattox Campaign

The 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment, serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 11th Maine was organized for service on October 11, 1861 being mustered in for three year's service at Augusta, Maine on November 12, 1861 with 932 original members. The regiment was mustered out at City Point, Virginia on February 2, 1866.


The regiment lost 122 men killed in action or died of wounds received in battle and an additional 237 men died of disease. [1]

Commanding officers[]

The first Colonel commanding this regiment was John Curtis Caldwell, formerly a school-teacher and principal in East Machias, Maine with no prior military experience. Nonetheless, he was promoted to Brigadier General in 1862 and went on to play a central role in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was in the Honor Guard accompanying Lincoln's body from Washington to Springfield, and became a diplomat after the war, serving as Consul in Valparaiso, Chile and Costa Rica, and Ambassador to Uruguay. He died in Calais, Maine in 1912.[1]

Col. Harris Merrill Plaisted of Bangor, Maine was breveted a Brigadier General, and then Major General, in 1865. He was elected after the war as Governor of Maine, as was his son.

Col. Jonathan Augustus Hill of Milo and Stetson, Maine had his right arm amputated due to wounds received in the Battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, in 1864. He was breveted a Brigadier General that same year.

See also[]

  • Maine Units in the Civil War


  1. John Curtis Caldwell Larry Tagg, The Generals of Gettysburg, Retrieved June 28, 2008


  • Hodsdon, John L. Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine 31 Dec, 1861, 1864 and 1865.Stevens & Sayward, Augusta, ME

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