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 the 5th Maine pled his case in a Thursday, Nov. 12 letter written to Gov. […]
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 jibe with Civil War reality. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.