Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in August at his blog, Maine at War:
August 4, 2021: A good time ensures as Yankees and Confederates fight over a Maine train
People flock to the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad in northwestern Maine to learn if the rumors are true: Will Confederates actually attack the narrow-guage railroad?
August 11, 2021: Civil War sites and quilting museum make Paducah worth the visit
A hot bed of activity during the Civil War, Paducah in Kentucky controlled access to the Tennessee River. Today, specific Civil War sites and an outstanding quilting museum attract visitors to this Ohio River city.
August 18, 2021: Kentucky state park recalls Confederate folly and Grant’s first battle
Located on Mississippi River bluffs, Columbus-Belmont State Park in western Kentucky educates campers and other outdoor recreationists about the Confederate misstep that brought Ulysses S. Grant to this area in 1861.
August 25, 2021: Gettysburg visitors can check out a “witness” ironworks
Just down Route 15 from Gettysburg National Military Park stands Catoctin Furnace, a “witness” ironworks past which I Corps marched in late June 1863. The ironworks contributed significantly to the war effort.