Tag Archives: Hannibal Hamlin

What if…Joseph Lane of Oregon had become President in 1861?

A few years ago, I was fascinated by the possibility that a certain Joseph Lane, rather than Abraham Lincoln, might have become President in 1861. I actually accumulated quite a file of research and notes, which I have since lost. … Continue reading

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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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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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Forts: The vice president toted a rifle at Fort McClary

One night during summer 1864, Pvt. Hannibal Hamlin prevented a drunken soldier from shoving his way into Fort McClary in Kittery, Maine. The private’s civilian occupation as vice president of the United States did not deter his inebriated comrade from … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Maine’s Hiram Berry

Haunted by a premonition, Maj. Gen. Hiram Berry recklessly exposed himself to Confederate snipers at Chancellorsville and paid the price for his carelessness. A 36-year-old Rockland (Maine) merchant in spring 1861, the physically robust Berry led the 4th Maine Infantry … Continue reading

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Maine at War: June 2021

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in June at his blog, Maine at War: June 2, 2021: Edward Baker was country before there was “country” Eighteen-year-old Edward Baker was a country boy all the way, raised in rural … Continue reading

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Maine at War: January 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in January at his blog, Maine at War: January 1, 2020: Help erect the first Maine monument in the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is raising funds to erect … Continue reading

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From the ECW Archives: The Man Who Almost Became Lincoln’s Successor

As Vice President Andrew Johnson ascends to the presidency 150 years ago, consider the man who might have been in that place instead: Hannibal Hamlin, vice president during Lincoln’s first term. ECW’s Chris Mackowski visited Hamlin’s grave in the vice … Continue reading

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The Civil War’s Forgotten Vice-President

At night, the Kenduskaeg Stream runs through downtown Bangor like an eel in the dark, barely visible at the bottom of the concrete canal that channels it to the Penobscot River. Where the dark night ends and the surface of … Continue reading

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