Author Archives: Brian Swartz

An ECW treasure found in a Maine antique mall

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Confirming a Chamberlain-related document as the real McCoy

For at least 50-60 years the Brewer (Maine) Public Library has owned a framed document, a copy of the Senate resolution confirming the promotion of “Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, of the Twentieth Maine Volunteers” to brigadier general. The document could … Continue reading

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Maine at War October 2022 blog posts

In October 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from British subjects joining the Union military effort to a newspaper editor casting a jaundiced eye on an Associated Press article. Plus a review of the new book, Gettysburg … Continue reading

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Maine at War September 2022 Blog Posts

In September 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from the shoe salesman misidentified by “friendlies” to a small that sent almost 90 percent of its men to fight for the Union. September 7, 2022: Murder most friendly … Continue reading

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Civil War Medicine: Dr. Abner O. Shaw and the hard-on-surgeons 20th Maine

A replacement assistant surgeon for the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, Dr. Abner Ormiel Shaw is best known for helping save the life of Joshua L. Chamberlain at Petersburg. There is much more to Shaw’s story, however, and had the 20th … Continue reading

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Maine at War August 2022 blog posts

In August 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a dentist who assumed new wartime vocations to a recent Strong Vincent biography and a particular company of nine-month soldiers who served well at Port Hudson. August 3, … Continue reading

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A Mainer’s “Richard Kirkland” moment at Second Fredericksburg

Near the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg stands the famous monument depicting Confederate Sgt. Richard Rowland Kirkland, a South Carolinian who left his position behind the Stone Wall on Saturday, December 13, 1862 to bring “water to his wounded foes” lying … Continue reading

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Maine at War July 2022 blog posts

In July 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a popular rail trail that brushes against Civil War history to a 1st Maine Heavy Artillery veteran who did not let his bullet-shattered jaw silence him. July 6, … Continue reading

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November beauty at the Mule Shoe

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The 24th Maine’s colonel excoriates Nathaniel Banks

When the 24th Maine Infantry Regiment officially completed its nine months of military service in July 1863, Col. George Marston Atwood expected to take his weary men home from Port Hudson. Nathaniel Banks apparently squelched the idea, though, and the … Continue reading

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