Tag Archives: Belfast

A looting we will go!

Given the opportunity to join the looters pillaging shattered Fredericksburg in Virginia, the respectable Dr. Nahum P. Monroe grabbed what plunder he could. And he admitted that he had done so. Well after sunset on Monday, Dec. 15, 1862, Monroe (the chief surgeon of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment) rousted at least 20-25 wounded Union […]

A quiet country doctor from Maine confronts the horrors of war

  Confederate artillery shells whistling overhead, nearby explosions shaking the damaged house in which a senior Union officer had placed a field hospital, Army surgeons amputated shattered limbs, sewed blood-spurting arteries, and, between patients, wiped blood-covered hands on blood-pocked aprons. Sometimes Dr. Nahum P. Monroe, the senior surgeon of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, stood, […]

“Civil War Connections” art exhibit is on display at Belfast library

  “Civil War Connections, an art exhibit featuring Civil War-themed watercolors paintings done by 13 Belfast-area women, is display at the Belfast Free Library through Monday, Aug. 3. The women belong to the Mid-Coast Art Guild, which according to member Linda M. Jewell meets weekly from September to June. Members take turns presenting programs and […]

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 1864. The course, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War,” takes its name […]

If only Andrew Bean’s trunk could talk

  Sometimes we can almost reach across history and “touch” a Civil War veteran. At least with Andrew Derby Bean from Brooks, we can touch the trunk that he took to war in spring 1861, and if only that trunk could talk, If only the trunk owned by Andrew Derby Bean could talk, the war […]

Belfast’s last Civil War veteran finally returned home in june 2011

Belfast Civil War Soldiers' Quilt (Photo courtesy of Light in the Forest Photography)

On Flag Day 2011, Susan and I traveled to Belfast to meet a bonafide Civil War veteran, the city’s last, that had arrived home from the war only a few months earlier. And if cloth could only talk, what a tale this veteran could tell. The veteran is a quilt, specifically the Belfast Civil War […]