Author Archives: Brian Swartz

Maine at War June 2022 blog posts

In June 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from cold-hearted elected officials to a “what if” 20th-century TV game show involving six Civil War celebrities, plus a look at two special monuments in Middleburg. June 1, 2022: … Continue reading

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Sykes, Chamberlain disagree on who sent Vincent up Little Round Top

The 20th Maine Infantry’s veterans read the air while positioned near Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Along with the other soldiers in Col. Strong Vincent’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Division (Brig. Gen. James Barnes), V Corps (Maj. Gen. George Sykes, effective … Continue reading

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Unpublished: A 5th Maine Musician Detailed Mundane and Crucial Events

Unpublished letters written by a 5-4½ musician first class offer historically rich insight into minor and major events involving the Army of the Potomac. Born in Saco, Maine circa 1834, Samuel Franklyn Parcher lived in Portland prior to enlisting in … Continue reading

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May 2022 Maine at War posts

In May 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from North America’s largest rodent altering the Gettysburg landscape to a smart lawyer recruiting for the wrong regiment. May 4, 2022: Gettysburg beavers create a new pond Industrious beavers … Continue reading

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The 11th Maine at Seven Pines: “Men were being shot on all sides of me”

Along with the Pennsylvanians on their right flank, heavily outnumbered Mainers dueled with Joe Johnston’s advancing Confederates at Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) on Saturday, May 31, 1862. The Yankees paid a terrible price for their heroic stand at a worm … Continue reading

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“The air was blue all around him”

A young Maine officer forever remembered the profanity-spewing Winfield Scott Hancock ordering a charge early in the Peninsula Campaign. Commanded by Col. Edwin C. Mason, the 7th Maine Infantry Regiment had “camped some days near Alexandria waiting our time to … Continue reading

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April 2022 Maine at War posts

In April 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a suspected murder to Baltimore Unionists who befriended a Maine regiment passing through while en route to the war. April 6, 2022: Augusta CSI pursues a soldier’s killer … Continue reading

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On the March: Jeb Stuart ambushes a Maine regiment

Jeb Stuart could not resist ambushing Union infantry marching through northern Virginia on Thursday, June 25, 1863. The particular Yankees he attacked belonged to the 19th Maine Infantry Regiment (Col. Francis E. Heath), until that moment unbloodied in combat. Assigned … Continue reading

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March 2022 Maine at War Posts

In March 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a Gettysburg mystery solved to Confederate mayhem upon the sea and a young soldier’s last letter before the Wilderness. March 9, 2022: Reign of terror off Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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February 2022 Maine at War posts

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. 

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