|Birth||July 5, 1844|
|Death||Nov. 11, 1933|
|Unit||1st Maine Infantry, Company F|
Private Levi N. Thorndike
Company F, 7th Maine Infantry
Company F, 1st Maine Veteran Infantry
Thorndike was born in Searsmont (Waldo County), Maine on July 5, 1844. He was residing in Searsmont when he enlisted and was mustered on March 30, 1864 as a member of the 7th Maine Infantry. Thorndike served 5 months before he was transferred to the 1st Maine Veteran Infantry. The 1st Maine Veteran Infantry was organized at Charleston, Virginia on August 21, 1864 by the consolidation of the 5th, 6th, and 7th regiments of the Maine Volunteer Infantry.
After the organization of the regiment, it was involved in several major battles and historic events. Some of them include:
Battle of Opequan (VA) (September 19, 1864).
Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).
Siege of Petersburg (VA) (December 12, 1864 to April 2, 1865).
Battle of Sailor’s Creek (VA) (April 6, 1865). Regimental losses were 6 killed, 23 wounded, 7 captured, and 1 reported missing.
At the Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).
Thorndike died on November 11, 1933 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Hooper Cemetery in Hooper (Dodge County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Upton Post (#133) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hooper.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.