Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in March at his blog, Maine at War:
March 3, 2021: Super Horse meets his Gettysburg kryptonite
As James Longstreet’s attack pounds III Corps at Gettysburg, Union artillery commander Lt. Col. Freeman McGilvery and his horse race across the battlefield for hours to hustle artillery batteries into position and pull others away from destruction. A pincushion for Southern lead and shrapnel, McGilvery’s horse stays on its hooves … for only so long.
March 10, 2021: Lakeman loses larking lieutenants
With his 3rd Maine Infantry tramping toward Gettysburg, Col. Moses Lakeman needs every officer present for duty. One morning four officers sneak out for a home-cooked breakfast and female companionship, and it doesn’t end well.
March 17, 2021: Unofficial integration: Maine Indians and “white” regiments
Certain “white” Maine regiments make an exception to War Department regulations by enlisting Native Americans from Pine Tree State tribes.
March 24, 2021: Mainers go violent at the Devil’s Den, part 1
As J.H. Hobart Ward’s left flank collapses at the Devil’s Den, Mainers and Alabamians go head to toe in violent combat.
March 24, 2021: Mainers go violent at the Devil’s Den, part 2
In his memoirs, Col. Elijah Walker lets slip a glimpse of the violence swirling around him as his 4th Maine Infantry defends the terrain around the Devil’s Den.