Two months have passed since Pat Horne, Bob Hale, and I arrived in Gettysburg during the 150th anniversary festivities honoring the warriors who fought there in ’63. Let me literally set the stage for one popular aspect of the historic week: an official Civil War re-enactment. Two such re-enactments of Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary took place, […]
Welcome to "Maine at War," the blog about the roles played by Maine and her sons and daughters in the Civil War. I am a Civil War buff and a newspaper editor recently retired from the Bangor Daily News. Maine sent hero upon hero — soldiers, nurses, sailors, chaplains, physicians — south to preserve their country in the 1860s. “Maine at War” introduces these heroes and heroines, who, for the most part, upheld the state's honor during that terrible conflict. We tour the battlefields where they fought, and we learn about the Civil War by focusing on Maine’s involvement with it. Be prepared: As I discover to this very day, the facts taught in American classrooms don’t always jive with Civil War reality. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.