Center, Daniel W. Haines.
Right, James J. Gray.
Winfield S. Collins was one of the first to respond to the call for men to form a regiment of cavalry in Maine. He enlisted and was assigned to Co. E. Soon afterwards he was made corporal. At Camp Bayard, in 1862, he was made sergeant. His soldierly bearing was a model for his comrades, and his bravery on the battle-field won the highest admiration. ,0n the thirtieth of December, 1863, he reenlisted as a veteran volunteer; on the eighteenth of July, 1864, he was mustered as first lieutenant of Co, E, First Maine Cavalry, and as such served until the first of August, when he was assigned to the command of Co, M, Here was an opportunity to display his military talent, which, with his kindness, won the hearts of all under his immediate command, and elicited the highest praise of his superior officers. There was every prospect of his soon receiving higher rank, with military honors.
Again our columns move on the enemy. The First Maine Cavalry has the advance. It was the afternoon of the twenty-seventh of October, 1864, in the hottest of the fight, that the First Maine was ordered to charge. At the head of his company, with stern but cheering words of command, he led them on, until a bullet came crashing through his temples. He fell, never more to give command to his brave followers, and amid the fearful carnage was carried from the field. He was taken to the Yellow House, where he died the following morning, and near which he was buried. "Young and brave, he sacrificed his life for his country, and in years to come his memory shall lie blessed. — Adjutant General's Report, 1864-5.
Winfield S. Collins.
Birth: Feb. 1, 1843 Houlton Aroostook County Maine.
Death: Oct. 27, 1864 Petersburg Petersburg City Virginia.
Burial: City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia.
Daniel W. Haines.
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Gray, James J. — Age 18; res. Houlton; mus. Oct. 19, '61, as private; pro.corp. '62, and sergt. '63; m. o. Nov. 25, '64, ex. of ser.
James J. Gray.
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