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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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Pap Greene, David Ireland, and Little Round Top

Every Gettysburg fan with even just a passing knowledge of the battle knows the story of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine on Little Round Top. Those with a deeper understanding of the battle know that an equally … Continue reading

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“The air was blue all around him”

A young Maine officer forever remembered the profanity-spewing Winfield Scott Hancock ordering a charge early in the Peninsula Campaign. Commanded by Col. Edwin C. Mason, the 7th Maine Infantry Regiment had “camped some days near Alexandria waiting our time to … Continue reading

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On the March: Jeb Stuart ambushes a Maine regiment

Jeb Stuart could not resist ambushing Union infantry marching through northern Virginia on Thursday, June 25, 1863. The particular Yankees he attacked belonged to the 19th Maine Infantry Regiment (Col. Francis E. Heath), until that moment unbloodied in combat. Assigned … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Did Daniel Chaplin commit death-by-sniper?

After seeing his 1st Maine Heavy Artillery destroyed at Petersburg, Col. Daniel Chaplin “seemed not to care to live after his regiment was gone,” thought Pvt. Joel Brown, Co. I. Two months later the distraught colonel was gone, too, possibly … Continue reading

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BookChat with Tom McMillan, author of Armistead and Hancock

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the new book by author Tom McMillan, Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War (Stackpole Books, 2021). You can find out … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day One: Wednesday, June 15, 1864

On June 15 the Army of the Potomac began to cross the James River. It was an emotional moment. A. M. Judson of the 83rd Pennsylvania likened the army’s arrival at the James to Xenophon and his 10,000 Greeks reaching … Continue reading

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Maine at War: April 2021

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in April at his blog, Maine at War: April 7, 2021: Maine’s largest cannonball is in … Hodgdon? Although he served only 16 months with the 6th Maine Battery, Aroostook County … Continue reading

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Generals in the Garden?

The first day of spring was March 20, and signs of spring are definitely starting in Virginia. As I’ve been watching my little window-box plants sprout, I remembered some stories about Civil War generals who liked to garden. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunities in the Race to the North Anna

On the evening of May 20, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant sent Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps south from Spotsylvania Court House to Massaponnax Church, with orders to march onward toward Bowling Green, Milford Station, and—if Hancock thought he could make … Continue reading

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