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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, Canada was a neutral territory across which Confederate and Union spies and counterspies danced — […]

Orland sailor finally gets his due

For some 150 years, this photo of George A. Harriman bore the notation that he served in the Army as a captain during the Civil War. Even his Orland headstone lists his rank as "Capt." But Harriman actually was Ensign Harriman, United States Navy. (Photo courtesy of Doris Clair)

Maine isn’t known for its Civil War sites. The battles took place far away, no national park extols combat on Maine soil, and tourists don’t flock here to see monuments to Civil War heroes. Yet the monuments exist, as do Maine heroes, and as for Maine place names related directly to the war, well, you […]