Most usually first used as a coffin plate to be removed and displayed by loved ones as a lasting memorial, this inscribed patriotic plate was clearly, used first and last as a memorial in the home of Pvt. Anson Verrill’s family back in Yarmouth, Maine. A late entry into the War, eighteen year old Anson Verrill mustered in at Portland, Maine on February 20, 1865 as a Private of Co. D of the hard fought 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Pvt. Verrill quickly became one of the vast number of Maine Volunteers who fell, not to shot or shell, but by virtue of infection and disease. Per period medical records Pvt. Verrill died of chronic bronchitis on April 6, 1865 and is interred in the City Point National Cemetery, Virginia. The memorial plate holds a tintype portrait of Pvt. Verrill and on the back, retains the period label SOLDIER’S MEMORIAL PLATE – Patented July 4th, 1865 – By J. C. ANDREWS, South Paris ,Maine . The son of a Clergyman, John C. Andrews was a mere twenty-five years old when granted a U. S. Patent for his soldier’s memorial plate. Having served as a Sergeant in the 30th Co. Maine Unassigned Infantry at the close of the War. The young country entrepreneur would be listed as a Sash & Door Manufacturer in the 1870 census and by 1880 had returned to his roots serving as a country preacher in Wales, Maine.