October 2023 Maine at War blog posts

In October 2023 my Maine at War blog reported on topics ranging from the post-death indignity foisted on a Maine veteran to a young soldier whom Confederates shooting fast and accurately could not kill.

Among the veterans’ headstone at Hope Grove Cemetery in Hope, Maine are three located side by side by side. There are reasons why. (Brian Swartz)

October 4: Split in two

A soldier buried in a northwestern Maine “Soldiers’ Lot has suffered an unusual indignity in death. Does the problem reflect something that happened while he was alive?

October 11: The fates of the Fales

Five brothers from the seacoast town of Thomaston joined Maine regiments during the Civil War. Only two brothers came home alive. Only the inscriptions on a family memorial hint at the fates of the other three.

October 18: The Wentworth brothers three

Deep in the forested hills behind Maine’s Midcoast, three white veterans’ headstones stand adjacent in a rural cemetery in the aptly named town of Hope. Those headstones tell a heart-wrenching story to those who will listen.

October 25: It takes more than five bullets to kill this Mainer

Confederates could pump all the lead they wanted into a 19-year-old Mainer taking on an officer’s responsibilities, but nothing kept him from returning to duty.

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