Searching for letters, journals, and other personal documents referencing the life and military service of Elbridge H. Bryant. A resident of Machias, Maine, Elbridge enlisted as a private in Company H of the Ninth Maine Infantry in September 1861. He went on to become a second lieutenant in Company K. According to The Maine Bugle, "On August 23d, 1863, Gen. Q.A. Gilmore presented one man in each company of the brigade which formed the storming party on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, with a bronze medal for meritorious conduct on that occasion. We have seen one of those medals and it bears the name of E.H. Bryant, Company H, Ninth Maine Infantry Volunteers, together with a picture of Fort Sumter as it appeared on the above date. Mr. Bryant, who is very modest, has never before exhibited this memento of the past, which speaks so loudly of valiant deeds never to be forgotten."