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Edwin B. Houghton, a native of Windham, lived in Portland and worked as a clerk when he was mustered into Co. A of the Maine 17th Regiment as a 1st sergeant on August 18, 1862.
Houghton, who was 23 when he entered military service, was promoted to 2nd lieutenant in December 1862, 1st lieutenant of Co. H in June 1863, and captain in November 1863.
He was wounded twice. At Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, a shell burst beneath his horse, throwing him. He also was wounded at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864. He mustered out on June 4, 1865.
He wrote a book, The Campaigns of the Seventeenth Maine in 1866.
About This Item
- Title: Edwin B. Houghton, Portland, ca. 1863
- Creator: B.F. Smith & Son, Portland
- Creation Date: circa 1863
- Subject Date: circa 1863
- Location: Windham, Cumberland County, ME
- Media: Carte de visite
- Dimensions: 10 cm x 6 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 2293, Carte de visite album
- Collection: Capt. Granville F. Sparrow Civil War collection
- Object Type: Image
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Standardized Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 17th (1861-1865)
- Maine--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Houghton, Edwin B.--Portrait photographs
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