VETERAN’S DAY

Corporal Calvin Titcomb – 22nd Maine Infantry

Photo provided by Peter Tompkins.

During a recent foray into a relatively remote part of Maine, Peter Tompkins, one of our round table’s cemetery sleuths, photographed the gravestone of Calvin Titcomb, a corporal serving with Company H, 22nd Maine Infantry. On March 28, 1863, Cpl. Titcomb succumbed to disease*—a fate that befell many Maine soldiers and sailors during military operations on and near the Mississippi River. The much-weathered stone is located in Titcomb Cemetery, a secluded burial ground located off Rt. 16, near Kingsbury Pond, in Piscataquis County.

Intrigued by the find, Peter soon discovered that Cpl. Titcomb wrote a letter to his mother from Baton Rouge on March 1, 1863, just 27 days before his death. Cpl. Titcomb’s letter frankly reflected the thoughts and concerns of a soldier serving far from home. The letter (with a transcription) is posted on the Maine Memory Network website (contributed by the Maine Historical Society) and can be viewed at https://www.mainememory.net/media/pdf/79280.pdf.

Many thanks to Peter for sharing the photo and the experience.

* Cpl. Titcomb’s cause of death appears to be listed as erysipelas on the original muster-out rolls of the 22nd Maine Infantry. “Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939J-9YLB-5?cc=1877829&wc=9Y85-SPB%3A174548501%2C174548502%2C175047601 : 20 May 2014), Maine > Military Records-Civil War > 22nd Infantry and muster-out rolls page 5500-5513 > image 19 of 29; State Archives, Augusta.

11/09/2021
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