Holman Melcher, 20th Maine Infantry, ca. 1864

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Holman S. Melcher of Topsham (1841-1905) left the Maine State Seminary (later Bates College) when he was 21 to enlist as a corporal in Co. B of the Maine 20th Infantry on Aug. 29, 1862.

Melcher was promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1863 and served as acting adjutant to Col. Joshua Chamberlain, the regiment's commander.

He later became captain of Co. F. He served as company commander during the defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and kept a diary about his war service.

He was seriously wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

After the war, Melcher became a wholesale grocer in Portland. He also served as mayor of Portland.

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  • Title: Holman Melcher, 20th Maine Infantry, ca. 1864
  • Creation Date: circa 1864
  • Subject Date: circa 1864
  • Media: Photo negative
  • Local Code: Civil War Soldiers, Negative 898
  • Object Type: Image

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