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Abner R. Small of Waterville was 25 when he enlisted in Co. G of the Maine 3rd Infantry Regiment on June 4, 1861. He was promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on May 24, 1862, the same day he was mustered out of the 3rd Maine and commissioned an officer in Company S of the newly formed Maine 16th Infantry Regiment.
Small became a Full Major on Oct. 13, 1864. He served a adjutant for the regiment. He served on Col. Joshua Chamberlain's staff when Chamberlain commanded the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division.
He was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Arlington Heights, Virginia.
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