February 2022 Maine at War posts

Union cavalry re-enactors maneuver at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 2015. Exactly 150 years earlier, Sgt. Charles A. McIntyre of the 1st Maine Cavalry Regiment fought here to block Robert E. Lee’s army from escaping to Lynchburg.

In February 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a cavalry trooper who would not quit to loyal Unionists suddenly trapped behind enemy lines in the Lone Star State. 

February 2, 2022: The Warren warrior, part 1

When he joined the 1st Maine Cavalry Regiment in February 1862, Charles Almond McIntyre lived in Warren in Maine’s Midcoast. The justice of the peace who swore McIntyre into the regiment was also the captain of Co. B, to which the new recruit was assigned.

February 9, 2022: The Warren warrior, part 2

Riding with the 1st Maine Cavalry at Brandy Station, Aldie, and Gettysburg, Charles Almond McIntyre caught a Confederate bullet at Deep Bottom in 1864. He could have taken a medical discharge; instead he rejoined his regiment to see the war through to its conclusion.

February 16, 2022: Washington abandons Americans behind enemy lines

When the Civil War began, a Maine couple willingly stayed in Galveston, Texas rather than leave immediately for the North. Two years later the Mainers discovered they had better get out of Texas pronto, but they could not rely on the federal government for help.

February 23, 2022: A Gettysburg mystery

John C. Wadsworth mustered with the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment in mid-August 1862. Fifteen months later his body arrived home for burial. He had died fighting at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, but that claim was mysterious, because the 5th Maine suffered no deaths during that battle.

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