Tag Archives: Gettysburg

Requiem for a hero

Tilden is dead. He whom Confederates could not kill along the railroad at Fredericksburg or at Oak Hill outside Gettysburg, he whom as the 16th Maine Infantry’s “Harry Houdini” never met an escape opportunity that he would not take, he is dead. Born in Castine on May 7, 1832, Charles W. Tilden died at his […]

Discovering a Gettysburg ancestor

Betty Spearing of Winterport had a connection with Gettysburg when she first visited that battlefield as a child. She just didn’t know it then, nor when she returned to Gettysburg for the second time. Thanks to a great uncle, Henry Hathaway, Spearing learned 15 to 20 years ago that her great-great-grandfather, George Henry Fisher, had […]

Prospect Civil War re-enactor dons a Zouave uniform

PROSPECT — Confederate soldiers watching an approaching Zouave charge did not always hang around to greet the Yankees clad in North African uniforms. And members of Richardson’s Civil War Round Table recently learned why when Civil War re-enactor Rob “Maynard” Kufrovich donned his Zouave uniform and brought his rifled musket and its bayonet to a […]

Newest Gettysburg museum places visitors on the battlefield

Gettysburg’s newest museum takes visitors to the battle — and onto the battlefield, because men fought and died around this historic building on July 1, 1863. Located in the former Schmucker Hall at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum opened exactly 150 years later, on July 1, 2013. Famous in Civil War […]

Billy Yanks and Johnny Rebs camped a valley apart at Gettysburg’s 150th

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, […]

A dwindling color guard protected the 17th Maine’s flags

Protecting the flags of the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment took guts at Gettysburg. Commanded by Lt. Col. Charles Benjamin Merrill, the 17th Maine belonged to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps — the same corps that Maj. Gen. Dan Sickles deployed to its evisceration west of Cemetery Ridge on Thursday, July 2, 1863. He […]

16th Maine met its Armageddon at Gettysburg

Charles Tilden led 275 men of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment into Gettysburg around noon on Wednesday, July 1, 1863. Only 40 men answered the regimental rolls after sunset on that bloody day. The other 235 men had vanished after savagely battling thousands of Confederates that afternoon. Among the missing was Tilden, who hailed from […]

The Long March

“Tramp, tramp, tramp the boys are marching” in late June 1863 as Joseph Hooker and the Army of the Potomac chased the Pennsylvania-bound Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Somewhere on the wretched Piedmont roads tramped the men belonging to the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment, mustered into federal service at Portland two […]