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Confederate torpedoes could not sink John Crosby for long

To paraphrase Psalm 107, Orland sailor John K. Crosby literally “went down [in]to the sea in ships” twice, but Confederate subs and torpedoes could not keep this “old salt” sunk for long. Born in Cutler on May 9, 1831, Crosby arrived in Orland with his family nine years later. He joined a Grand Banks-bound fishing […]

A brave Union soldier wins the Medal of Honor at Fort Wagner: Part II

For the brave Union soldier who won the Medal of Honor at Fort Wagner, the day started off with a bang on Saturday, July 18, 1863. Charles E. Smith and his companions from the 9th Maine Infantry Regiment listened all day as land- and sea-based Union artillery shelled Wagner to damage its walls, unseat its […]

A brave Union soldier wins the Medal of Honor at Fort Wagner – Part I

For his incredible bravery during the “Glory” assault on Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C., a Union foot soldier later won the Medal of Honor. And when he died at age 72 on Thursday, Aug. 8, 1912 — more than 49 years after 10 Federal regiments attacked the Confederate fort blocking access to Charleston Harbor — […]

Charleston at mid-war

Charleston, early summer 1863: The hot and humid weather surely matches the surly mood among senior Union officers attempting to capture this port where the Civil War began … at least where the actual shooting began some 26 months ago. Like moths drawn to the Charlestonian flame, Federal authorities cannot resist Charleston, a haven for […]