Henry W. Wheeler was 24 years of age
when he enlisted and was mustered in on
May 28, 1861 as Private Co. I 2nd Maine.
He was awarded the Congressional Medal
of Honor for gallantry at 1st Bull Run when,
after a number of his comrades had been cut
down and lay exposed on the battlefield,
Wheeler volunteered to accompany Col.
Jameson in removing the fallen 2nd Mainers
from a field still under the heavy fire of
Confederate artillery and musketry.
Wounded at 2nd, Bull Run Henry Wheeler
mustered out with his regiment on June 9,
1863. The consummate soldier, Henry
traveled to Port Hudson, Louisiana where he
re-enlisted and was commissioned as 1st. Lt.
Co F 81st U. S. Colored Troops. Henry
Wheeler died in 1904. He was buried in
Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery
where his grave stone recognizes promotion
to Brevet Captain 81st USCT.
Hand carved laurel root pipe with the American eagle, laurel leaves and "J. S.
SMALL Co. F, 2nd Me., FREDRICK" (Likely Frederick Maryland where
the 2nd was camped for a time.) Quality carving with a tin insert to prevent
burn out and a silver insert (probably from a flattened spoon) at the stem. This
Carmel, Maine trooper enlisted and was mustered in as Cpl. Co. F 2nd Maine.
He mustered out with the 2nd on June 4, 1863 then re-enlisted October 3, 1864
as a Private of Co. F 1st Maine Heavy Artillery.
Inscribed pocket flask of Franklin, Maine resident Edward D.
West filled with tonic to aid in his recovery from wounds
suffered at 2nd Bull Run. West had enlisted and mustered in
on December 12, 1861 as a Private of Co I, 2nd Maine
Infantry. While he gave his age as 18 for legal enlistment, in
1860 the U. S. Census recorded his age as 14, an all too
common occurrence as young boys yearned for the excitement
and gallantry of military service. Pvt. West was mortally
wounded on August 30, 1862 at 2nd Bull Run and died on
October 30, 1862.