In November my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a new Gettysburg novel to a new monument erected at the Third Winchester battlefield in mid-month.
The heroes involved in the July 2, 1863 sacrifice made at Gettysburg by a Massachusetts artillery battery — and the Mainer who ordered the sacrifice — exquisitely come to life in Hold At All Hazards, the latest Civil War novel by former Navy officer and retired business executive David H. Jones.
Among the 104 Mainers buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery lies a truly unknown Unknown, his headstone inscribed with only that seven-letter word.
Ordered to raid a Confederate skirmish line outside Funkstown, Maryland with his 6th Maine Infantry company, Capt. Reuel Furlong leads the daring attack that earns him a mention in dispatches and causes only one Yankee casualty.
Private donations fund the successful effort by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to erect a Maine monument at the Third Winchester battlefield. The monument was erected on November 17, 2021.