Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in May at his blog, Maine at War:
May 6, 2020: A tale of two forts
Built to deter enemy warships, Fort Knox in Maine and Fort Pulaski in Georgia experience different fates during the Civil War.
May 13, 2020: Elihu Washburne’s brother blockades the bayous
Surviving the USS Galena‘s shellacking at Drewry’s Bluff, Acting Master Samuel B. Washburn agitates for his own ship. The Navy gives him a tinclad and assigns him to blockading duty in the Louisiana bayous.
May 20, 2020: On Memorial Day, this Gettysburg Smith is a true Mainer
A granite marker identifies the final resting place for a Maine lad killed when a general initiates a useless skirmish during the battle of Gettysburg.
May 27, 2020: On Memorial Day, history learned in a small town cemetery
A Memorial Day visit to a rural cemetery discovers two long forgotten brothers who shared different fates during the Civil War.