April 2023 Maine at War blog posts

In April 2023 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from memories of Shiloh to disease creating promotion opportunities to army recruiters falling all over each other while competing for the same warm bodies in autumn 1861.

Until he fought at First Manassas, Virginia-born Thomas Jackson had a name common throughout the United States, including Maine.

April 5, 2023: Echoes of Shiloh and Maine

On the 161st anniversary of the battle of Shiloh, Maine at War takes readers on a photographic tour of the remote Tennessee battlefield and introduces a Comanche fighter from the Pine Tree State who commanded the 19th U.S. Infantry Regiment during the April 7 Union counterattack.

April 12, 2023: Thomas Jackson was alive and well in Maine

By late May 1862, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a household name in Maine — and Thomas Jackson was certainly alive and well in the state!

April 19, 2023: Typhoid fever sweeps away the 7th Maine Infantry’s top dog

First Manassas veteran Thomas H. Marshall left the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment to become the new 7th Maine Infantry’s lieutenant colonel. Quickly given its colonelcy, he joined the regiment in Baltimore. That was as far as Marshall got.

April 26, 2023: An army recruiter on every corner

While Maine sought men to fill four new infantry regiments, a cavalry regiment, and an artillery battery in autumn 1861, the Army needed recruits for the 17th U.S. Infantry, and the 2nd Maine Infantry sought warm bodies to fill its battle- and sickness-depleted ranks. For several weeks there was a recruiter on just about every street corner in downtown Bangor.

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