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.
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?
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.
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.
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.