Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in July at his blog Maine at War:
July 3, 2019: Fourteen names printed on 12 lines
A central Maine newspaper requires only 12 lines of type to list 14 soldiers from the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment killed or wounded. But those men were more than names printed in ink.
July 10, 2019: Maine musician watches the Army kill a deserter
Pvt. Samuel Franklyn Parcher of the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment watches a firing squad execute the first Union soldier shot for desertion during the Civil War. Parcher then describes the details in a letter to a Portland (Maine) friend.
July 17, 2019: Two Confederate monuments find a prettier home
The City of Lexington, Kentucky decides to relocate rather than destroy two prominent Confederate monuments, and a Mainer checks out their new home.
July 24, 2019: The 5th Maine boys tramped into a leaden hell
Advancing into heavy Confederate fire at Gaines Mill, the 5th Maine Infantry lads “involuntarily bent forward their heads” as they approached Stonewall Jackson’s fast-shooting veterans, remembered Col. Nathaniel Jackson.
July 31, 2019: Disparaged monument finds a quieter home 44 miles downriver
Months before Charlottesville, city and university officials move a prominent Confederate monument from the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus to the Ohio River town of Brandenburg. A Mainer investigates.