Military Monday: Civil War soldiers from Dresden, Maine

While searching for something else entirely tonight, I came across the 1906 Town Register for the towns of Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Whitefield, Alna, Woolwich, and Dresden, Maine.  Along with a short history of each town, its early settlers, and the residents in 1906, the book also lists town officials, professional men, pastors, and soldiers.  On page 280 the list of Civil War enlistments from the town of Dresden begins (I’ve bolded each possible descendant of Major Samuel Goodwin):


Geo. A. Bickford, Geo. F. Bliss, Solon S. Beedle, David Cate (Navy), Llewellyn W. Costellow, Joseph L. Call, Geo. F. French, Lieut. Chas. A Goodwin, Chas. H. Goodwin, George Goud, Joseph Henry, Jas. T. Johnson, John B. Keen,Thos. Lilly, F . A. Marshall, John H. Rittall, James F . Rittall, Geo. L. Reed, Edw. D. Reed, Levi W. Siegars, Thos. Siegars, Jeremiah Siegars, Albert G. Stilphen, Benj. F. White.

The above were all killed in battle, died in prison, or from wounds or disease contracted in the service,

The following Dresden men were also in the service: Gilman Andrews, Chas. W. Bickford, Elbridge G. Bickford, Thos. B. Blair, Alvin Brown, Edwin Brown, Frank W. Bickford, David G. Chapman, Daniel C. Carney, Wm. M. Choate, James S. Cate, Ezekiel R. Chapman, Timothy Call, Jas. P . French, Converse Gray, Benj. R. Gray, Edward F. Goud, Chas. C. Goodwin, Henry C. Goodwin. Jos. S. Houdlette, Washington F. Lilly, Samuel C. McKenney, Henry Miller, Elbridge McFadden, Jas. H. Mayers, Chas. Pushard, Converse E. Reed, John H. Small, Wm. H. Smith, Thos. Stewart, Henry W. Stewart, Nathaniel Stewart, Benj. B. Siegars, Samuel A. Siegars.

The following served in the navy: Geo. S. Achorn, Van Buren Blenn, Thos R. Carlton, Geo. Call, Wm. T. Goodwin, Wm. G. Houdlette, Benj. Kidder, Stephen McGown, Fred G. Pushard, Cyrus F. Weeks.


Chas. H. Goodwin served in the 11th Maine Infantry and was killed May 6, 1863, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was the son of Charles C. and Mary Clancy Goodwin.  Charles C. was probably the son of Jeremiah Goodwin and his wife Marguerite who show up in early records of Dresden, but I have not yet been able to link them to Major Samuel Goodwin.

Henry C. Goodwin (Abiel, Samuel Twycross, Samuel Jr., Samuel) was in Company C of the 19th Maine Regiment.  Born in 1842, probably in Pittston, Maine, he was the son of Abiel Varon Goodwin and Susan Small.  He died in Sidney, Maine, March 28, 1898, and is buried in Kling Cemetery in Augusta.

Goodwin, Henry C. Maine Veteran's Cemetery records

Chas. C. Goodwin (Abiel, Samuel Twycross, Samuel Jr., Samuel), the brother of Henry C., served with him in Company C of the 19th Regiment.  He enlisted in 1862 and was discharged May 31, 1865.  He died in 1907 and is buried in Coss Hill Cemetery, Pittston, Maine.

Goodwin, Charles C--Maine Veterans' Cemetery records

Thomas R. Carlton married into the Goodwins.  His first wife was Caroline Austin Twycross (Ebenezer Twycross, Samuel G. Twycross, Lydia Goodwin, Samuel.)  They were married in 1860 and had one son, Austin G. Carlton.  Thomas died in 1909 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Dresden.

I do not yet have a record of Wm. T. Goodwin in my files.  There is hardly a William to be found among Major Samuel’s descendants, although the name does show up in the descendants of Jeremiah and Marguerite, mentioned above.

Chas. A. Goodwin is buried in the Court House cemetery in Dresden.  His stone is the obelisk in the southwest corner:


 A close-up:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charles A. Goodwin
Aet. 25
only son of Chas. C.
& Mary T. Goodwin.
Lieut. of Co. D. 7th Reg.
Maine Volunteers.
was killed whilst
bravely cheering on
his men in the battle
of Antietam, Md.
Sept. 17, 1862.
He was also a christian soldier and
died in the triumphs of Faith.

Charles Augustus Goodwin was descended from Major Samuel through both his father (Charles C., George, Samuel Jr., Samuel) and his mother (Mary Twycross, Stephen Nymphas Twcross, Lydia Goodwin, Samuel) and again through his mother (Mary, Mary Bailey, Sarah Goodwin, Samuel.)  He was born Dec. 22, 1836.


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