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Unpublished: A 5th Maine Musician Detailed Mundane and Crucial Events

Unpublished letters written by a 5-4½ musician first class offer historically rich insight into minor and major events involving the Army of the Potomac.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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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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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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January 2022 Maine at War blog posts

In January 2022, my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from soldiers and their pets to the infantry captain who suddenly discovered two recruits now listed on the company rolls. January 5, 2022: Soldier’s pet A young combat veteran … 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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December 2021 Maine at War blog posts

In December, my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a little-known Mainer with a famous name to women overlooked by history’s focus on soldiers and their battles. December 1, 2021: Scarborough’s Hiram Berry fought in Louisiana and Virginia … Continue reading

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The Battle of Portland Harbor (Conclusion)

Part One can be read here. Part Two can be read here.  It had been a hectic morning on June 27, 1863. Under the cover of darkness, rebel privateers under the command of Charles Read first jumped aboard the Caleb Cushing, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Portland Harbor, Part Two

Part Two of a series on the Battle of Portland Harbor, which occurred on June 27, 1863. Part One can be read here.  Charles W. Read’s 4,000 mile journey from the coast of Brazil culminated as he sailed the Archer, … Continue reading

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Battle of Portland Harbor, Part One

A shout-out belongs to Chris Mackowski, who recognized this story’s drama much sooner than I did, and has been asking that I write this series for over a year now—I should have followed his advice much earlier. I grew up … Continue reading

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