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Joseph Orin Bragg
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Birth: 1838
Maine, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 1908
Maine, USA

Regimental History
MAINE TWENTY-FIRST INFANTRY
(Nine Months)

Twenty-first Infantry.--Col., Elijah D. Johnson; Lieut.-Col., Nathan Stanley; Maj., Benjamin G. Merry. This regiment, like the seven succeeding ones, was raised under the call of Aug. 4, 1862, for 300,000 militia for nine months' service. It was mustered into the U. S. service at Bangor, Oct. 14, 1862, and started for Washington, D. C., on the 21st. While en route it was ordered to report to Maj.-Gen. N. P. Banks, commanding the Department of the Gulf, at New York city, then organizing his expedition for the opening of the Mississippi. It remained quartered at East New York for two months and then proceeded to New Orleans, where it arrived early in Feb., 1863. It went at once to Baton Rouge and was assigned to the 1st brigade, 1st division, 19th corps. The men suffered from disease contracted in the low southern country, despite the utmost precautions taken. Baton Rouge was now an important Union "base," and the regiment was occupied in doing picket duty and protecting the city from guerrilla attacks. On March 14th, it advanced with the corps against Port Hudson, while Adm. Farragut's fleet was engaged in passing the enemy's works there on that memorable night. The army, however, made no attack in force at that time, but on May 21 it engaged the enemy at Plains Store. The regiment took part in the siege of Port Hudson and participated in the assaults on May 27 and June 14, losing in the two engagements 88 men killed and wounded. Though its term of service had expired during the siege, the regiment volunteered to remain until the capture of Port Hudson, which occurred on July 9, 1863. Preparations were then at once made to transport home those regiments that had already remained beyond their term of service. The 20th was assigned to the 2nd brigade of the post forces, and July 25 embarked for Maine. With other regiments, it was the first to pass up the Mississippi river and received a continuous ovation. It arrived in Augusta, Aug. 7, where the men were mustered out on Aug. 25th, by Lieut. F. E. Crossman of the 17th U. S. infantry.

East New York Nove 18th 1862
Camp Maine
Dear wife
I reseved your letter Freyday and was very glad to hear from you I am glad that you are oll giting a'long so well. I hope that you will remain so untill I git home. I am as well as ever I was, that is a good thing for eney one to have good helth away from home thear is nine sick with the Measels heare in our Company this morning, some of them is sick boys.. our boys is oll well that you no but Mele and Harla. they are so they go out round some.. thear was a man dide last night in the Hospital he belongs to Co.. G..21I have wrote to Josh so I shant git that thrashing that he was goin to give me.. Gorge has just com in.. he has bin to the sitty to day he feales prity well to night.. he hant had but one letter from Em yeat he is a swearing about hear to night good.. I want you to write as often as you can [want you].. we hant gut paid of yeat nor we cant tell when we shall.. I hant gut eney lise on me yeat but I dont no how soon that I shall.. I changes my close every too weeks and wash them.. May we injoy our selfs very well we have some god times and some that hant so good I should like to see you to night now you had better beleve Give my love to Elise tell her to write to me.. Hen sead that he wrote to Kate about that man a giting shot hear.. I sopose that Lew will make things shine when when he gits up to ant Mareys David Wyer hant gut marrid yeat has he.. he had better look out or she will give him the slip.. farther remains smarth dont he.. Ma tell him for me to bee _affull and not go round to much sos to git cold I am glad to hear that he is a giting a long so well.. give my love to mother tell her not to woark to heard how dose she like our stove.. I had a letter from Sis & mother last night they wrote that they was oll well.. mother says that they miss you and me I sopose they do.. I wrote to farther last Sunday.. I sopose that Eunis feels bad about Sam.. Charles Croel had a letter from his mother she wrote that they dident think that Sam would live to git home I write so often that thear hant no news to write to you. I dont think we shall go to Texas now thear is so meney sick hear now in this rigment we shall have to stay hear some time.. this is a very good [looing] plase hear on long Island it is a flat kind of land. it hant very helthey plase hear at this time of year.I geas that I have wrote anuf for this time Darling, think of me and I will you.. it rained hear yeasday like thunder I was Cropril of the Geard it want very pleasant. that is shureI should like to bee with you to night. it is beed time now so I will close for this time good by for this night
Love [___] from you husbon Orrin write often wont you Dearling with a kiss
bee a good girl and keep your nose clean 
 
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 Parents:
  Ebenezer Bragg (1810 - 1843)
  Olive J. Webb Hubbard (1817 - 1902)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Hannah Robbins Bragg (1836 - 1910)
 
 Children:
  Bertie A. Bragg (1862 - 1864)*
  Clara Ella Bragg Williams (1864 - 1936)*
  Frederick T. Bragg (1870 - 1934)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph Orin Bragg (1838 - 1908)
  Sarah A. Bragg (1840 - 1843)*
  Matilda A. Bragg (1842 - 1842)*
  Mary Ellen Bragg Clark (1847 - 1919)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Vassalboro
Kennebec County
Maine, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 44.39769, -69.70541
 
Created by: Mel Fletcher
Record added: Aug 22, 2012
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Joseph Orin Bragg
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