Officers of the 13th Maine Infantry (cont.)
Captain Augustine Washington Clough

He enlisted as 1st Lieutenant on 10/14/1861 and was promoted to Captain on 4/28/1862. He served in Co. H, 13th Maine, from 12/12/1861 until the regiment mustered out at Augusta, Maine, on 1/6/1865.

He was described at enlistment as a 30 year old single joiner, 5' 11 ˝" tall, with light hair, dark eyes and a light complexion.

He was born 10/9/1832 at Bluehill, Maine, one of at least five children of Daniel Clough and Polly Tenney. He was a first cousin to 1st Sgt. John R. Clough of the 13th Maine.

He died of "Vascular Disease of Heart" on 11/22/1898 at Everett, Massachusetts, and was buried 11/24/1898 in the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, Maine.

This picture of his army issue socks is courtesy of collector Christopher Thomas. Apparently, he took as good care of his person as his socks - they both survived until the end of the war!

Capt. Augustine W. Clough
Co. H, 13th Maine
(Courtesy of Tom MacDonald, Eustis, Maine)
Socks issued to Captain Clough
(Courtesy of Christopher Thomas)
 
Joseph Barrett Corson

He enlisted at Canaan, Maine, as a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. B on 10/15/1861 and mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 11/28/1861. He was placed upon a Roll of Honor for volunteering to lead a storming party at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863.

He was described at enlistment as a 27 year old single farmer, 5' 8" tall, with brown hair, grey eyes and a light complexion.

He was born 3/6/1834 at Canaan, Maine, one of at least three children of Seward Corson and Huldah Barrett.

He was married to Flora Ann Fitzgerald Goodwin and they had at least four children:

Joseph died 11/16/1909 at Mt. Desert, Hancock County, Maine, and is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery. He was survived by his widow, Flora Ann, who filed a widow pension in California on 8/20/1908.

 
Surgeon Seth C. Gordon

He enlisted at Gorham, Maine, as an Assistant Surgeon on 11/28/1861 and mustered in on 11/28/1861 at Augusta, Maine.  He was promoted to Surgeon, 1st Louisiana Infantry, and mustered out on 7/12/1865 at an unrecorded location.

He was born in 1831 at Fryeburg, Maine, one of at least six children of Stephen Gordon and Lidia B. Chase.

He died of arthritis on 6/22/1901 at Portland, Maine, and is buried in  the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

Neal Dow, in his "Reminiscences" published in 1898 mentioned:

"…for some weeks while in command at Fort St. Philip, I was seriously ill. One of the Confederate prisoners in my care was a physician of high standing and large practice, and he was called into consultation by the surgeon who had charge of my case - Dr. S. C. Gordon, then the young assistant surgeon of the Thirteenth Maine, now one of the ablest and best known surgeons of New England - as more familiar with the treatment of the disease which, if I remember aright, was called "Southern Fever".

Major Gordon published an article is in the Maine Commandry of the Military Order of the Loyal Legions of the United States (MOLLUS) publications titled: "Reminiscences of the Civil War from a Surgeon's Point of View. - By Major and Surgeon Seth C. Gordon"  - Information courtesy of Osborne Ellis, China, Maine.
 
Captain John S. P. Ham

On 9/28/1861 he enlisted into Co. G  of the 1st Maine Cavalry, but he never appeared. He then enlisted into Co. C, 13th Maine Infantry, as a 2nd Lieutenant on 10/26/1861 at Lewiston, Maine, and mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 12/4/1861.  He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 5/21/1862 and to Captain on 12/1/1863.  He was wounded at Sabine Cross-Roads, Louisiana, on 4/8/1864. He mustered out with an honorable discharge at Augusta, Maine, on 1/6/1865.

He was described at enlistment as a 29 year old single farmer, 5' 11" tall, with light hair, blue eyes, and fair complexion. (And, obviously, a full beard.)

He was born about 1832 at Lisbon, Maine, and he married Abbie L. Stetson on 11/7/1860 at Lewiston, Maine. They had at least two children:

He died on 1/15/1882 at Lewiston, Maine, is buried in lot 79, Old Section, of the Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston.

The following was included in Lt. Col. Hesseltine's report of action at Fort Esperanza, Texas, 1/1/1864:

"To the officers with me, First Lieut. J. S. P. Ham, commanding Company C; Second Lieut. Robbins B. Grover, commanding Company H; Second Lieut. John D. Felton, Company K; and Second Lieut. Augustus C. Myrick, Company C, the highest credit is due for the energy and pluck they manifested, aiding and arousing their men to endure and die sooner than surrender. I would respectfully suggest that they are worthy of notice, as a mark that the country honors those of her sons who are valiant in upholding her honor."

 
Lieutenant Ellis Tobey Hinds

He enlisted as a Sergeant into Co. B on 11/1/1861 at Fairfield, Maine, and mustered in at Augusta, Maine, on 11/28/1861. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant and then to 1st Lieutenant on 8/17/1863.  He mustered out with an honorable discharge at Augusta, Maine, on 1/6/1865.

He was described at enlistment as a 32 year old married blacksmith, 5' 8 ˝" tall, with auburn hair, hazel eyes, and light complexion.

He was born 11/23/1829 at Fairfield, Maine, one of at least three children of Ellis H. Hinds and Celia Nye Tobey.

He married Clara Jones Tibbits on 5/12/1860 at Fairfield, Maine, and they had at least two children.

He died died of typhoid fever on 12/27/1902 at Fairfield, Maine, and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

 
The Keeley's
Josiah - Chaplain
George - Hospital Steward
William - Lt. 20th Reg. Corps d'Afrique

Josiah enlisted as a chaplain on the regimental staff at Saco, Maine, on 3/3/1864, and mustered in at Natchitoches, Louisiana, on 4/4/1864. He saw active service during the whole Red River campaign, was commended by Major-General N. P. Banks for his care and devotion to the soldiers. He was placed in charge of the Hospital Steamer "Natchez" with the sick and wounded for New Orleans, and shortly after, was stricken with malarial fever and died at St. James Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.

He was born on 5/6/1806 at College Street Baptist, Northhampton, England. He landed in America in 1818 and located in Haverhill, Mass., where, later, he engaged in mercantile trade, and was one of the forty shoe manufacturers of the town in 1837. It was then the custom for the young man who put up his first business sign, to "wet his sign;" Keely, Chase & Co., were the first business firm in the town who did not "wet his sign," -being active in the great temperance movement that had been started in the country. In 1840 Rev. Keely entered the ministry. In 1852 he settled in Saco, pastor of the Main Street Baptist church, and for a number of years was also supervisor of the public schools of the town and township.

He married Elizabeth A. Bradley on 3/23/1830 at Haverhill, Massachusetts. They had at least five children, including George and William of the 13th Maine.

George Keeley, graduated from the Saco High School and entered Colby (Waterville) College in 1859. During his high school course he gave part time to medical study, while employed as apothecary clerk; he taught school the winter of 1859 at Charleston, Maine.  The neighborhood was primitive, and the 26 scholars had 24 different kinds of readers, - requiring 24 recitations each day; his salary was meagre, and he "boarded round."  He enlisted as a private with his brother William in Co. K, 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry.  In 1863, the hospital steward of the regiment was made a surgeon, and Mr. Keeley was recommended for the position, and was hospital steward during the remainder of his term of service in the Red River campaign and after the regiment was transferred to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

After the war George studied theology and became a paster in communities in New York and Maine. In 1868 he married Louisa J. Adams, an efficient and prominent school teacher and teacher of music in Aroostook County and they had nine children.  Eventually, he left the Baptist faith, moved to where his brother lived in West Virginia and became active in the Society of Friends (Quakers).

William Keeley entered early in life upon duties of a public nature: at 16 years, was librarian of the Saco Athenaeum (Public Library); at 17, teaching a rural school; at 17, was graduated from the Saco High School, and entered Colby College.  Later,  he enlisted as a private in the 13th Maine Infantry and while in camp, at Augusta was Adjutant's Clerk at Headquarters.  His regiment was ordered to Ship Island, Miss., where he performed his share of guard duty and of loading and unloading, and coaling U. S. Transports, preparatory to the capture of New Orleans.  This regiment was sent to cut off the retreat of the Confederates, and two companies were ordered to garrison Fort Macomb, La.  Later, Mr. Keely was commissioned a Lieutenant, and Acting Post Quartermaster and Commissary at this fort.

In 1865, he married Miss Lucy Stacy and they had six children.

He moved to West Virginia where he held many influential business positions in salt production, coal mining, oil refining, newspaper editor, insurance, manufacturing and the Baptist Church. He also held many charitable and civic positions.

He was "Prohibitionist in principle and practice, and a Republican in politics: -an upright, active, useful and appreciated citizen."
 
(Courtesy of Tom MacDonald, Eustis, Maine)
(Courtesy of Tom MacDonald, Eustis, Maine)
(Courtesy of Tom MacDonald, Eustis, Maine)