|Birth||Sept. 29, 1845|
|Death||Aug. 20, 1926|
|Unit||7th Maine Infantry, Company F|
Private Artis P Thorndike
Company F, 7th Maine Infantry
Company F, 1st Maine Veteran Infantry
Thorndike was born in Searsmont (Waldo County), Maine on September 29, 1845. The 18 year old Thorndike enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on March 30, 1864. He served about 5 months with the 7th Maine Infantry before transferring to the 1st Maine Veteran Infantry on August 21, 1864. Thorndike served an additional 10 months with the 1st Maine and was mustered out on June 28, 1865.
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 six, 23 wounded, 7 were captured, and 1 was reported missing.
At the Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).
Thorndike died on August 20, 1926 at the age of 80 years. He is buried in the Hooper Cemetery in Hooper (Dodge County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Garwood Post (#210) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Doty, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Upton Post (#133) of the GAR in Hooper.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.