Three bold Confederates strolled into a Calais bank

Fidgeting with his revolver earned George Foster a dubious and obscure footnote in Civil War history. By summer 1864, Confederate agents based in Canada dreamed and schemed about carrying the war to the Union home front. Still a British possession, … Continue reading

Requiem for a hero

Tilden is dead. He whom Confederates could not kill along the railroad at Fredericksburg or at Oak Hill outside Gettysburg, he whom as the 16th Maine Infantry’s “Harry Houdini” never met an escape opportunity that he would not take, he … Continue reading

Re-enlisting in Texas could get a soldier home to Maine

Did some 15th Maine Infantry Regiment boys re-enlist just to escape the ennui of Texas garrison life — and perhaps to desert after receiving Army-sanctioned leaves back home in Maine? By capturing New Orleans in April 1862 and blockading other … Continue reading

State museum features “Maine Voices From the Civil War” exhibit

AUGUSTA — Daniel Marston and his 13-year-old son, Daniel W., marched off to war together with the 9th Maine Infantry Regiment on Sept. 22, 1861. Military duties separated father and son within a year, and Captain Daniel spent worrisome months … Continue reading

Discovering a Gettysburg ancestor

Betty Spearing of Winterport had a connection with Gettysburg when she first visited that battlefield as a child. She just didn’t know it then, nor when she returned to Gettysburg for the second time. Thanks to a great uncle, Henry … Continue reading

Brave Hampden captain shed his life for his country

  Henry Crosby suffered that hot June day as his comrades attempted desperately to save his life. Today only an engraved name on the Civil War monument in Hampden’s Locust Grove Cemetery recalls the unsung hero who meant so much … Continue reading

To indict or not to indict: Senior College students will answer a treasonous question

  BELFAST — A course offered this month at Senior College of Belfast will examine the Civil War’s impact on Belfast civilians — and civil liberties, especially those pertaining to a local newspaper editor arrested and charged with treason in … Continue reading

Washington County will bleed at Rappahannock Station

Ordered to charge Confederate defenses at Rappahannock Station, Va. after dark on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1863, the men of the 6th Maine Infantry Regiment believe they are going in alone. “Probably so small a number of men never before made … Continue reading

A fearful father took pen in hand on Christmas Day 1863

  His impulsive behavior has cost Charley dearly as he lays recovering — hopefully — from a war wound on Christmas Day 1863. The eldest of six siblings, Charley became the apple of his father’s eye when he was born … Continue reading

Battered Maine regiments asked permission to come home to recruit

  Their ranks thinned by battle and disease by mid-November 1863, the worn-out veterans of the 5th and 6th Maine infantry regiments wanted to come home, if only for a few months. So did their officers. Col. Clark Edwards of … Continue reading