October 2021 Maine at War Blog Posts

In October my Maine at War blog focused on comparisons with Fort Sumter and its 9/11-like aftermath in the Pine Tree State.

His binocular case flying behind him, a newspaper correspondent gallops from the front with news about the latest battle. Newspapers played a critical role in educating the Northern public about the war. (Edwin Forbes, Library of Congress)

October 6, 2021: Sumter’s 9/11 aftermath: The 12-pounder editorial broadside

After Fort Sumter falls, two politically disparate newspapers in Down East Maine lambaste the Confederacy, the Lincoln Administration, and each other.


October 13, 2021: Sumter’s 9/11 aftermath: Old Hancock County speaks

Residents in coastal Hancock County rally ’round the flag in spring 1861, but Castine tops all the patriotic fervor by consecrating its militia company during a community worship service. Then the Castine soldiers march north to catch a steamer bound for war.


October 20, 2021: Sumter’s 9/11 aftermath: An editor visits the hometown recruit

Newspaper editor Enoch Knight travels from rural Bridgton to the big city to learn how the local boys who joined the 1st Maine Infantry Regiment are doing.


October 27, 2021: Sumter’s 9/11 aftermath: Penobscot Bay reacts to war

People living around upper Penobscot Bay raise a love-of-country ballyhoo by erecting a 75-foot liberty pole, listening to myriad speeches, and supporting the men heading off to war — and the families left behind them.


2 Responses to October 2021 Maine at War Blog Posts

  1. The artist’s portrayal of the horse’s gait is grossly inaccurate. If the illustrated gait was as portrayed, the horse would hop like a rabbit. Having grown up on a cattle farm/ranch as a teenager on a cutting-horse which could trot or pace, (there is a difference), cantor, or gallop, I can assess the illustration error.

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