Tag Archives: 20th Maine

Recruiting the Regiment: The 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry

Eight days after the rebel bombardment of Fort Sumter, Daniel White, a resident of Bangor, Maine, wrote a letter to his governor. “I have the honor to inform you that at a meeting of the Ex-Tiger & Armory Associates,” White … Continue reading

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Maine at War: May 2021

Here’s what our friend, Brian Swartz, was up to in May at his blog, Maine at War: May 5: Fort Knox slates mid-July Civil War encampment Fort Knox, the largest casemate fort on the East Coast, will host a large-scale Civil … Continue reading

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Re-crossing Saunders’ Field

Unless you’re walking a loop trail on a battlefield or have a vehicle waiting to pick you up, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have to walk back the way you crossed a field. For many battlefield visits, I focused … Continue reading

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Maine at War: January 2021

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in January at his blog, Maine at War: January 6, 2021: Maine naval officer fights on the Mississippi Acting Volunteer Master John F. Harden of Rockland chases Raphael Semmes in the … Continue reading

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Maine at War: November 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in November at his blog, Maine at War: November 4, 2020: Antietam burial map, part 3: A Maine name stands out Among the 50 Union graves identified on the recently discovered Antietam … Continue reading

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Recent Book Begins to Trace the Path of Maine at War

by ECW Correspondent Meghan Hall Over the course of several years, Brian Swartz’s research led him to realize that his home state of Maine had been underappreciated in larger narratives about the Civil War, despite the wealth of meticulous records … Continue reading

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“Good bye from your soger boy”: One Last Letter before the Wilderness

Sometimes he signed his letters “with affection” or “good-night” or “good-bye.” Sometimes he wrote his full name, other times just initials, sometimes with the familiar name to his family and friends: “Will.” Most of his correspondence went to his younger … Continue reading

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“Something Abides”: Joshua L. Chamberlain and Civil War Memory

As it was for millions of his generation, the Civil War was the defining event of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s life.  Veterans from both sides took understandable pride in their service, wrote their memoirs, and joined veterans’ organizations.  In all of … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: A Soldier’s Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving didn’t actually become an official American holiday until 1863. That doesn’t mean that Civil War Era soldiers and civilians were unfamiliar with giving thanks prior to Lincoln’s proclamation. Did Civil War soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving in the way we think of … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Vincent’s Rock

Part of a series. Brigadier General Gouverneur K. Warren had been busy all of July 2nd. The early morning found him on the Federal right flank scouting the terrain for possible attack avenues in the Culp’s Hill sector. With the … Continue reading

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