1861-62. 4.5" x 7.5".  pp. Manuscript book, bound in contemporary sheep. "GUARD BOOK| D. CO. 12TH. REG.| MAINE" tool-stamped in ink [boards rubbed], recent leatherette strip reinforcing spine and reattaching boards. Front endpaper reads, "Guard Book, Co. D. 12th Maine Regiment Infantry Volunteers, U.S.A., 1862, G.E. Andrews 1st Sergt." Each page is printed with horizontal lines, large column on left for names, thirty-one numbered smaller columns for marking days served on guard duty. In addition to guard duty service, there are notations regarding absences such as "died at," "sick," "in confinement," "permanent detail," "hospital," etc. Light foxing. Very neat manuscript. Very Good.
This 120-page Book records the guard duty of the 12th Maine Regiment from the date it was mustered in-- November 16, 1861-- through November 1862. The Regiment was attached to Butler's Expeditionary Corps, January to March, 1862, traveling on the Steamship Constitution to Ship Island, Mississippi, and served there until May 4, 1862.
One notation shows James H. Andrews as having died onboard Steamship Constitution on Feb. 14, 1862. Another notation shows S[tephen] G. Tracy as having died at Ship Island on April 12, 1862. The Regiment then went to New Orleans and duty at the U.S. Mint until October, 1862. While in New Orleans, the Regiment took part in the expedition to Pass Manchaca [June 16-20] and the expedition to Ponchatoula [Sept. 13-18]. In October the Regiment moved to Camp Parapet and served there until November 19th, 1862.
An unusual and rare record of this Maine Regiment. Item #25934