ALBERT T SEVERANCE — Ten Times Wounded

 SEVERANCE, Albert T. – Washington C.C.   He  enlisted 27 Aug 1861 at age 19 from Dexter, Maine as a Corporal in Company H. 6th  Maine Infantry.  Prior to his enlistment, the 1860 census lists him as a clerk, age 17, living in Dexter. Once in service, he was promoted to Full 4th Corporal, and to Full Sergeant.  He mustered out 29 Apr 1864.  Discharged 5 May 1864. Having served 2 yrs, 11 months, 23 days. He was with the 6thInfantry at The Battle of Gettysburg.  The 6th Maine was commanded by Col. Hiram Burnham. It brought 439 men to the field and suffered no casualties, being held in reserve with Howe’s brigade in the rear of the Round Tops along Taneytown Road.  By the end of the war, the regiment lost a total of 255 men during service; 12 officers and 141 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 2 officers and 100 enlisted men died of disease.

After the war and by 1872 he was a dentist in Newmarket with a business on Main Street, residing at Mrs. Young’s Boarding house on Bennett Avenue.   He married Sarah  Leavitt  in Amesbury on 20 Oct 1872, a 29 yr old widow.   He was born in Brewer, Maine; his father was Thomas Severance.  The 1880 Census also lists him as a dentist, married to Sarah.  The Jan 1883 Pension Rolls indicates he received a monthly pension of  $6 since 13 Sep 1864 due to gunshot wound right thigh.  He was a Mason and a member of Rising Star Lodge of Newmarket. He died at age 71 on 13 Jan 1919 in Exeter, and was buried in Newmarket.

His obituary published in the Newmarket Advertiser in 1919 reads:

Dr Albert T Severance born in Brewer Me September 17 1842 died at Exeter January 16.   He served three years in the Civil War and was wounded ten times.   In the order of the Grand Army of the Republic he  took much interest and often served as a Memorial Day orator.  After the war he studied dentistry and practiced that profession at Newmarket where he also served as superintendent of schools, a position he also held in Exeter since 1885.   He was a representative from Exeter in the Legislatures of 1901 and 1903 and had been secretary, treasurer, and president of the Rockingham County Republican Club.   He was a member of the Masonic order and of the Methodist Church.  His wife who was Miss Sadie E Leavitt of Newmarket survives him.


6th  Maine Regiment Infantry

Organized at Portland and mustered in July 15, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., July 17. Attached to W. F. Smith’s Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. 2nd Brigade, Smith’s Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, to February, 1863. Light Division, 6th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, to August, 1864.

6th Maine Infantry Monument, Battle of GettysburgSERVICE.—Duty in the defenses of Washington, D. C., until March, 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15, 1862. Ordered to the Peninsula March 16. Advance toward Yorktown April 4-5. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Reconnaissance toward Yorktown April 6. Reconnaissance toward Lee’s Mills April 28. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Duty at White House until May 18. Duty near Richmond until June 6 and picket on the Chickahominy until June 25. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Gaines’ Mill June 26. Gold-Inn’s Farm June 27. Savage Station June 29. White Oak Swamp Bridge June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. Duty at Harrison’s Landing until August 15. Retreat from the Peninsula and movement to Centreville August 15-27. In works at Centreville August 27-31. Assist in checking Pope’s rout at Bull Run August 30, and cover retreat to Fairfax C. H. September 1. Maryland Campaign September-October. Sugar Loaf Mountain, Md., September 11-12. Crampton’s Pass, South Mountain, September 14. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty in Maryland until October 29. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin’s Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks’ Ford May 4. Operations about Franklin’s Crossing or Deep Run Ravine June 5-13. Brandy Station and Beverly Ford June 9.  Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4.  Near Funkstown, Md., July 10-13. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Mine Run November 28-30. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 3 to June 15, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spotsylvania May 8-12; Spotsylvania C. H. May 12-21. “Bloody Angle,” assault on the Salient, May 12. North Anna May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-July 10. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23..Destruction of Weldon Railroad June 30. Ordered to rear for muster out July 10. Volunteered for 30 days’ service in defense of Washington. Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington July 12-13. Mustered out August 15, 1864, expiration of term. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 7th Maine.

Regiment lost during service 12 Officers and 141 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 100 Enlisted men by disease. Total 255.