|Birth||March 18, 1843|
|Death||Feb. 21, 1931|
|Cemetery||Douglas Grove (Comstock)|
|Unit||1st Maine Cavalry, Company L|
Private Roscoe R Bangs
Company L, 1st Maine Cavalry
Bangs was born in Farmington (Franklin County), Maine on March 18, 1843. He was residing in Strong (Franklin County), Maine when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on September 9, 1862. An exact date of his discharge was not available. One source reflected May 28, 1865 and a second source indicated June 15, 1865.
The 1st Maine Cavalry was organized and mustered at Augusta on November 5, 1861. During Bangs’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862).
Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).
Battle of Brandy Station (VA) (June 9, 1863).
Battle of Aldie (VA) (June 17, 1863).
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).
Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond (VA) (June 1864 to April 1865).
Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).
At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).
The 1st Maine Cavalry lost 15 officers and 159 enlisted men in combat. It was the greatest number killed in action of any cavalry regiment in the Union Army. In addition, the unit lost 3 officers and 341 enlisted men due to disease.
Bangs died on February 21, 1931 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Douglas Grove Cemetery in Comstock (Custer County), Nebraska. Bangs was a member of the Crittenden Post (#274) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Comstock.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.