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Unpublished: A 5th Maine Musician Detailed Mundane and Crucial Events

Unpublished letters written by a 5-4½ musician first class offer historically rich insight into minor and major events involving the Army of the Potomac.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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Fallen Leaders: The Grizzly sensed death

Hiram Burnham sensed he would not return home alive as he rejoined his command in late September 1864. He was correct — by six days. Born in Machias in Maine’s Washington County in 1813 or 1814, the physically large and … Continue reading

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“One of the Most Bloodless Campaigns of the War” – The ‘Invasion’ of Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania, situated in the northwest corner of the state astride Lake Erie, has a strong Civil War history. Several hard fighting regiments, including the 83rd (known as the Erie Regiment), 111th and 145th Pennsylvania, were raised in Erie. Strong … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia Monuments

Part of a series. The 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia came into existence during the opening stages of the Gettysburg Campaign. As Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army moved north, the War Department created two new military departments to deal with the … Continue reading

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