G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
7th MAINE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 8/22/61 Augusta, ME
Mustered Out: 9/5/64 Augusta, ME
The 7th Maine, a three-year regiment, left the state two days after Federal muster and immediately joined the Army of The Potomac. It was with that army during the spring ’62 Peninsula Campaign and that fall at South Mountain and Antietam, MD. In the latter action the 7th lost 11 officers and 100 enlisted men out of 15 officers and 166 enlisted men present.
1863 found the remanded 7th active in storming enemy works on Cemetery and Marye’s Heights near Fredericksburg, VA and, a short time later, at Chancellorsville. During the Pennsylvania Campaign it participated in the battles of Rappahannock Station, Locust Grove, Mine Run, and numerous skirmishes.
In 1864 the regiment was with Grant in the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and during the attacks on the Weldon Railroad. In mid year it returned to Washington D.C. to assist in the defeat of the enemy on his nearest approach to the capital. When the 7th’s term of service expired in August, 1864 the unit’s reenlisted men and new recruits were consolidated with battalions of the 5th and 6th Maine.
Over a month later, however, this was changed to the 1st Maine Veteran Infantry. The unit soon engaged the enemy at the battles of Winchester, Charlestown, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek, VA, plus all the other marches and actions of Union Gen. Phil Sheridan which chased the rebels from the Shenandoah Valley. The regiment then marched to Washington, to City Point and on to Patrick Station before fading into the annals of history.
Residence: Fremont Plantation, Bangor, ME Age: 22 yrs
Drafted: 12/18/63 Rank: Pvt.
Transferred: 8/21/64 (1st ME)
Discharge: 6/29/65 Philadelphia, PA
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Edward H. Dockendorff was born in Maine on April 23. The year was likely 1841. All that is known of his birth family is that his father’s name was Jacob. No details are available on possible siblings, his childhood, or teenaged years.
As best as can be determined, in late 1863 Edward was drafted into the U.S. Army for a period of one year. He appears to have served with the 7th Maine Infantry until that unit became the 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry. Shortly thereafter he reenlisted and completed the War with the 1st. The only documented notation on his service record is that in March and April, 1865 he was “absent, sick.”
Returning to Maine, on 3/18/66 he married Nancy Cochran (b. 12/5/44), a young woman of Scottish decent born in Maine, but residing in New Brunswick, Canada. The couple would produce four children: Clarence (1/23/67), Walter (5/7/74), May (1/1/79), and Samuel (9/12/82). By 1890 the Dockendorffs were living in Fifield, Wisconsin. It was there the now 49-year-old vet began the application process for a government pension based on his Army service claiming inability to partially earn a living because of “piles, chills and fever”.
At some point a pension was granted as at the time of his death Edward was receiving a $15 monthly stipend. When and why the Dockendorffs came to the Puget Sound area is not clear. Perhaps it was to be near the families of their adult children. Edward Dockendorff died at his home in Everett, Washington 1/17/12 at the age of 70 years 10 months. Cause of death was lobar pneumonia and general arteriole sclerosis. Although the home address is inside the city itself, the death certificate entry regarding occupation read: Farming. Nancy followed her husband in death on 3/14/36 and is buried beside him.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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