20th Maine Id'd casey's Infantry Tactics manual

Medal of Honor recipient Albert E. Fernald


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Rare Casey’s Infantry Tactic’s Manual, Volume III which belonged to Medal of Honor recipient Albert E. Fernald of the famed 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Fernald would muster as a sergeant with Company K in August, 1862. He would be promoted to 1st sergeant in 1863 and then to 1st lieutenant in 1864. The 20th Maine’s claim to fame as most know was it’s defense on Little Round Top during the Gettysburg Battle. Fernald would survive the battle unscathed. He would later be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Five Forks. “First Lieutenant Albert E. Fernald, of Company F, Twentieth Maine Infantry, was with his regiment in the last line when the battle opened, but was in the first line when the works were reached. The left of the regiment struck the works first, he being somewhat in advance, and as he cleared the breastworks ran toward a body of Confederates with a rebel color-bearer. He rushed among the crowd and secured the flag before even his regiment had gotten into the works.”. Fernald would serve until his discharge in June, 1864. The bulk of Fernald’s personal effects from the war currently resides in a private collection including his Casey’s Tactics Manual Volume 1. This one is simply signed in ink inside the front cover “A. E. Fernald 20th Me. Regt”. His volume 1 is also signed similarly. This example is in quite good condition with the binding very tight. Wonderful piece from one of the war’s most well known units.


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