George Washington Berry drowned in Portland Harbor on 6 February, 1863. He was a soldier in the 17th U.S. Infantry, the "regular" army, and was crossing with other members of his unit from Fort Preble to Fort Scammell, at night, in a raging storm. They had been ordered to make the crossing and it is unknown if the person who gave that order was punished. I suspect not.
In any case, 2-1/2 months after the incident, the Cumberland County coroner viewed the body so we know it was recovered.
I am looking for the burial place of George W Berry. It is not in his home town of York. I suspect that it is in the Portland area.
I made an unsuccessful attempt a few years ago to use the unpublished MOCA binders at the Maine State Library to find his grave site.
I am hopeful that someone on this forum can throw a few educated suggestions at me so that I may finally find where he is buried.