Young Jones Whitman was an 18 year old resident of Turner, Maine when he enlisted in the 16th Maine. Rising through the ranks, Whitman is shown
here as he would have appeared as Sgt., Co. E, at the battle of Gettysburg. Also shown is 1st Lt. Whitman as he appeared at the close of the Civil
War. His field commission, signed by Col. Tilden, his state commission, sword, crimson sash and sword belt plate remain preserved as a group.
Davies was a 27 year old resident of Castine, Maine when he enlisted in August 1862 as Sgt. Co. K. He was commissioned to 2nd Lt. for bravery as Regimental Color Sgt. at Fredericksburg. He survived the Battle of Gettysburg but would be wounded in May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House. Both Davies and his Colonel, Charles Tilden, were destined to be taken prisoner at Weldon Railroad in August 1864. The pair would escape the clutches of the enemy within twenty-four hours. This was the second escape of the war for the wily Col. Tilden. Capt. Davies mustered out with his 16th Maine Volunteers at the close of the Civil War.
Like so many young Mainers eager to join the fray, 16 year old Sidney Swett of Standish recorded his age as the minimum required 18 years when he enlisted in the summer of 1862. Quickly detailed as Co. F drummer, the boy would not live to experience the great battle at Gettysburg. Shown here in an image preserved with his memorial is a gaunt, hollow cheeked youth who would be listed as sick in hospital earlier in 1863. Swett would be lost to illness that December.