Officers of the 13th Maine Infantry
Officers of the 13th Maine Infantry Regiment

In addition to Cols. Dow, Rust and Hesseltine, here are several  officers of whom we have pictures or more extensive biographical information that may be of interest to the reader, including:

Simon Smith Andrews, Captain, Co. K (In Co. K photo)
James M. Bates, Surgeon (Photo)
Charles Edwin Blake, Chaplain (Photo)
Justin E. Brown, Captain, Batt. 10, USC H.A.
Alfred Eliab Buck, Captain, Co. C, Lt. Col. 91st USC Inf., Lt. Col. 51st USC Inf, Breveted full Colonel
Augustine Washington Clough, Captain, Co. H (Photo)
Joseph Barrett Corson, 2nd Lieutenant, Co. B
Seth C. Gordon, Assistant Surgeon (Photo)
John S. P. Ham, Captain, Co. C (Photo)
Ellis Tobey Hinds, 1st Lieutenant, Co. B (Photo)
The Keeley's - father and sons, Chaplain, Lieutenant & Hospital Steward
Albert and Edward P. Loring, Corporal to Captain and Lieutenant to Lt. Col.
Charles R. March, Captain, Co. F (Photo)
Henry D. Moore, Chaplain (Photo)
Isaiah Rendell, Jr., Captain, Co. I (Photo)
William Bradford Snell, Captain, Co. B (Photo)
Frederic Gordon Speed, Assistant Adjutant general (Photos)
David S. Stinson, Quartermaster (Photo)

Simon Smith Andrews (Simeon on some records)

He enlisted as a Sergeant in Co. K from Biddeford, Maine.  He re-enlisted on 2/1/1864. He was transferred into Co. H, 30th Maine on 12/26/1864, mustered into the 30th Maine at Berwick Georgia on 1/4/1865, and mustered out with the 30th Maine at Savannah, Georgia, on 8/20/1865. (The 1890 Veteran census record states his discharge was on 5/31/1865.)

He was described at enlistment as a 21 year old single merchant, 5' 9" tall, with dark hair, black eyes and a light complexion. He also worked in his life as a blacksmith and a grocer.

He was born 11/13/1841 at Biddeford, Maine, to Stephen and Eliza A. Andrews. He married Lavina Margareta Foss and they had at least six children. He died of general arterio schlerosis on 1/21/1927 at Arlington, Massachusetts, and is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery, Biddeford, Maine.

Captain Andrews is the only individual positively identified (by the arrow) in the photo of Company K on the page "Privates of the 13th Maine".

Surgeon James M. Bates

(Photo courtesy of Osborne Ellis, China, Maine)

He enlisted as the regimental surgeon and held that position until the regiment was mustered out in January 1865.

He was married to Hester Ann R. Sawtelle in 1855 and they had at least three children.

For years he was a successful physician in Yarmouth. 

He died 7/9/1911 at Yarmouth, Maine, of senility and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery.

Chaplain Charles E. Blake

He enlisted as a private into Co. K on 12/13/1861 and was promoted to Chaplain on 3/23/1862 after Chaplain Moore's disgraceful discharge. He was discharged for disability on 8/18/1863. He had two sons also serving in the Union Army - Edwin in Co. A, 8th Maine Infantry, and James Birney in Co. E, 24th Maine Infantry, who died in Louisiana.

Charles was born in New Hampshire about 1819.  He was married to Lucy Ann Knowlton in May1842. She was born in New Hampshire in 1824 and died on 12/29/1879 at age 54. Charles and Lucy Blake had at least five children, all born in New Hampshire:

Apparently he had remarried after Lucy's death in 1879 because a Melissa A. Blake filed a widow pension application in 1892 in New Hampshire after his death.

He died 1/8/1892 at Farmington, Maine, and is buried there in the Riverside Cemetery .

Captain Justin E. Brown

He enlisted at Clinton as a Corporal in Co. B on 11/6/1861 and mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 11/28/1861. He was promoted to captain on 11/9/1863 into Battery 10, United States Colored Heavy Artillery. This was a regiment of black soldiers. His promotion into this position indicates that he was a very competent non-commissioned officer who had passed a rigorous screening and training program to receive such a commission because the Union Army was very sensitive to the problems of using black regiments and tried to assure that those regiments had the best leadership possible.

He was described at enlistment as a 22 year old single sailor, 5' 10" tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and light complexion.

He was born 11/29/1839 at Clinton, Maine. His mother was Lorinda Dohney (Brown). He was married to Alfretta (Brown) (1855-1934) and they had at least three children.

He died of chronic intestinal nephritis on 12/20/1919 at Somerville, Massachusetts, and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

Captain Alfred Eliab Buck

(Photo from US House of Representatives archives)

He enlisted at Lewiston, Maine, as the Captain of Co. C on 10/18/1861 and mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 12/4/1861.  He was discharged on 8/16/1863 to accept a commission as the Lt. Col. of the 20th Louisiana Corps d'Afrique (91st US Colored Infantry). In 10/1864 he was transferred to Lt. Col. of the 51st US Colored Infantry. He mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in June, 1866.  Upon the end of his service he was breveted a full Colonel of Volunteers for gallant conduct.

He was described at enlistment as a 29 year old single teacher, 5' 11 " tall, with dark hair, blue eyes, and light complexion.

He was born 2/7/1832 at Foxcroft, Maine, one of at least five children of Benjamin Thomas Buck and Almira Todd.  He was a brother to Private Charles Miller Buck of the 13th Maine.

He was married Ellen Baker (1832-1928), the daughter of Judge H. W. Baker of Hallowell.

He was a graduate of Foxcroft Academy and the Colby College Class of 1859. He taught school in Hallowell and Lewiston.

He had a very illustrious career after his military service was completed:

He was a delegate to the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1867.
He was a clerk of the circuit court of Mobile County in 1867 and 1868.
He was Presidential Elector from Alabama, 1868.
He was elected a Republican Representative from Alabama to the Forty-first Congress (1869-1871).
He was appointed president of the city council of Mobile in 1873.
He was the Clerk of US Circuit and District Courts in Atlanta, Georgia, 1874-1889.
He was the U. S. Marshal for Northern District of Georgia.
He was appointed the United States Ambassador to Japan in May, 1897.
In 1898 Colby College bestowed an honorary LL.D. upon him. 
He died of a heart attack in Tokyo on 12/4/1902, while serving as the US Ambassador to Japan.

He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Capt. Alfred Eliab Buck
Regimental Officers of 13th Maine Infantry

l-r.: Surg. James Bates; Adj. Frederic Speed; Lt. Col. Henry Rust Jr.; Asst. Surg. Seth Gordon; Col. Neal Dow; QM David Stinson; Maj. Frank Hesseltine; Chap. Henry Moore

(Photo courtesy of Osborne Ellis, China, Maine)