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Special Collections: Guide to the Maine 8th Infantry Regiment Company E Records

Collection title: Maine 8th Infantry Regiment Company E Records
Collection number: MS 99
Dates of collection: 1861-1865 (inclusinve); 1861-1864 (bulk) 
Size of collection: 2 boxes
Provenance: Gift of William Jordan, Portland, Maine, in May 1973
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


The 8th Maine Infantry Regiment was mustered in on September 7, 1861. Company E of the regiment was organized at New Portland, Maine, and was under the command of Captain Thomas Hutchins with Charles B. Knapp becoming captain in July 1863. After short stays at Long Island, New York, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland, the regiment embarked for Hilton Head, South Carolina, landing there in November, 1861. They were employed there and in Jacksonville, Florida until the spring of 1864. They then saw service in the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns and were mustered out on January 18, 1866.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records of Company E of the 8th Maine Infantry Regiment, especially accounts and inventories kept by the captain of company clothing, equipment and ordnance. It also includes muster rolls, reports of manpower, company morning reports, etc. A folder in the collection contains correspondence and documents of Charles B. Knapp who served along with Thomas Hutchins as captain of the company.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1-2 Muster rolls, 1861-1864

3 Descriptive book [re manpower], 1861-1863 [oversized: kept in Box 2]

4 Correspondence, etc. to captain, 1861-1864

5 Morning reports of captain, 1861

6 Morning reports of captain, 1861-1863 [oversized: kept in Box 2]

7 Company morning reports, 1862-1864 [oversized: kept in Box 2]

8 Returns of Capt. Hutchins [on regimental manpower], 1861-1864

9 Quarterly returns of deceased soldiers, 1862-1864

10 Descriptive list and account of pay and clothing, 1862-1864

11 Company property book, 1861-1862 [oversized: kept in Box 2]

12 Receipt rolls for clothing, etc., 1862-1864

13 Receipts for articles of clothing, 1863-1864

14 Inventory and inspection report of unserviceable clothing, equipment …, 1863

15 Quarterly and monthly returns of clothing, camp and garrison equipage received, 1863-1864

16 Invoices of clothing, camp and garrison equipage returned, 1861-1864

17 Stores lost in action [near Petersburg, Va.], 1864

18 Abstract of materials, etc., expended or consumed in Co. E, 1863-1864

19 Invoices of ordnance and ordnance stores, 1861-1864

20 Receipts for ordnance and ordnance stores, 1862-1864

21 Requisitions and returns of ordnance stores, 1863-1864

22 Returns of ordnance stores, 1861-1864

23 Furlough papers, 1863-1864

24 Muster-out rolls and discharge records, 1863-1865

25 Charles B. Knapp papers, 1863

26 Jerome B. Knapp correspondence, 1863

Box 2

Oversized items from Box 1


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