Tag Archives: Meridian Hill

The last letter home, part 1

To many families came a letter that, as events proved, would be the last letter to arrive, forever and a day, from their soldier relative. Such a letter came to the White family living in Cambridge, Massachusetts in mid-1862. Though not connected with Maine, that letter represents similar correspondence reaching many Maine homes that year. […]

Guard duty around “the watch fires of a hundred circling camps”

  For the 11th Maine Infantry lads spending winter 1861-62 at Washington, D.C., living at Camp Knox on Meridian Hill was exciting … … and the nights were noisy, thanks to the boisterous camp guards. “Camp Knox was beautifully situated on a slope of Meridian Hill,“ marveled Pvt. Robert Brady Jr., an Enfield youngster spending […]