A, 3rd Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry is a nonprofit educational
and living history organization dedicated to preserving the memory
of Maine's role in the American Civil War. Through living history
events, battle reenactments, and educational presentations we work
to teach others about what life was like for Maine soldiers and
civilians during the years 1861 - 1865. We also strive to serve
as a living memorial to all of the people who gave their lives during
the War, and in doing so gave us these United States of America.
portray Company A of the 3rd Maine, a regiment recruited early in
the War from several communities of Maine's Kennebec River Valley.
The regiment was therefore known as the "Kennebec Regiment".
Company A was formed from a Bath, Maine militia unit called the
Bath City Grays, which mustered into federal service on June 4,
1861. Shortly before traveling to Virginia and their first encounter
with Confederate troops at the Manassas railroad junction, Company
A exchanged their gray militia uniforms for federal blue. During
the next three years the 3rd Maine participated in most of the major
campaigns in Virginia and Pennsylvania, operating as part of the
Army of the Potomac. By the time it mustered out of service on June
28, 1864 a total of about 1600 men had served in the regiment, of
which 134 had been killed or mortally wounded in battle, 149 had
died of disease, and 33 had been incarcerated in Confederate prisons.
A great many more were discharged prior to the end of their term
of service because of serious wounds or chronic illness. You can
learn more about the history of the 3rd Maine by visiting our Unit
Most of the current
membership of the resurrected Company A, 3rd Maine live in coastal
Maine between the Kennebec Valley and Portland. We are a family-oriented
group whose members share a common interest in several aspects of
Civil War history. Our infantry learn and practice mid-19th century
military drill, which we use in reenactments and demonstrations.
Our renown musicians provide displays of period fife and drum pieces
and support the infantry on the battlefield. Our surgeon, hospital
steward, and matrons provide excellent impressions of Civil War
medical care and play active roles in caring for unit members in
the field. Our chaplain oversees the spiritual and moral well-being
the of the men. Our civilian ladies portray members of the Maine
Camp and Hospital Association and the United States Sanitary Commission,
relief societies that proved critical for supplying food, clothing,
hospital items, and comfort to the men in the army far from home.
Company A, 3rd Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry has acquired a
reputation for historical authenticity both within and outside of
the state. The quality of our portrayals of Civil War soldiers and
civilians is demonstrated by our membership in the United
States Volunteers as a line company. We are sometimes joined at national
reenactment events by our sister unit, 3rd
Maine Company F.
We invite you to
peruse our site and learn about us, the 3rd Maine, and the Civil
War. If you share our interest in Civil War history, keep in mind
that we welcome new members and the How to Join page will tell what
to do to become a part of our organization.