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Friday, July 14, 2006

Maine's Tallest Soldier

Maine's tallest Civil War soldier was from Industry, according to William Collins Hatch's 1893 history of the town.
John Ingalls Handley, the tallest soldier from Maine, and with one exception the tallest soldier in the Army of the Potomac, was born in Industry, Feb. 7, 1839. He was the eldest son of John and Nancy (Ingalls) Handley, who at the time of their marriage resided in Industry. He enlisted in 1861 and served three months in Co. F, 1st Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry. Soon after the expiration of his term of service he re-enlisted as a member of Co. A, 8th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into service Sept. 7, 1861, and immediately appointed corporal, and soon after was promoted to sergeant. Re-enlisted Feb. 29, 1864. Mustered out Jan. 18, 1866, at Fort Monroe, Va. His army measurement was six feet, seven and one-half inches. From the time of his discharge he made his home in East Wilton Village, where he was appointed postmaster in 1889, and held the office up to the time of his death, which occurred Dec. 20, 1891. [p. 436]


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