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Moses B. Lakeman Flag Transcript

To

His Excellency

Abner W. Coburn

Gov. of Maine

 

Head Quarters 3 rd Maine Vols.

Near Falmouth Va. January 3 rd 1862 [sic, should be 1863]

Governor:

Please accept the old and battle worn flag of our regiment. On account of being no longer fit for service, it has been replaced by a new one. Thinking it justly deserves an honored place in our State capital I take the liberty of sending it to your address. It has been in the Battles of Bull Run, skirmish at Bailey's cross roads, siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Fair Oak swamps, White Oak swamps, Charles City Cross roads, Malvern Hill, 2 nd Bull Run, Groveton, Chantilly skirmish at Monocacy, and lastly at Fredricksburg. The regiment feeling a deep interest in the old Flag, and ardently desiring it preservation on account of its having been carried through the above named battles and I must pay with credit to the regiment and honor to the State. I therefore entrust it to your keeping, knowing Sir, that, in consideration of its old age and deserved merit, you will give it its proper place.

I have the honor Sir to be Very respectfully. Your obt. Sert.

M.B. Lakeman

Col. 3 rd Me.

 

 

Adjutant General Regimental Correspondence

3 rd Maine Regiment

Box 37 2203-0413

1863 January Folder 24