Maine at War will present programs in Calais and Bangor

Civil War fans living in Calais and Bangor will have the opportunity to learn about Maine’s involvement in the first two years of the Civil War as I speak in back-to-back appearances in both cities early next week.

At 7 p.m., Monday, November 4, I will speak at the St. Croix Historical Society’s The Holmestead, located at 529 Main Street, Calais. The program is titled Maine Helps Save the Union in 1861 and 1862. There will be time available for questions at the end of the program.

As part of the Bangor Historical Society’s Brown Bag Lunch, I will speak at 12 noon, Tuesday, November 5 at the Isaac Farrar Mansion, 17 Second Street, Bangor. My program is titled Patriotic Mainers Help Save the Union in 1861-1862. Join us in the stylish Isaac Farrar Mansion and meet some Maine characters who put their lives on hold to preserve the United States.

Copies of my recent book, Maine at War Volume 1: Bladensburg to Sharpsburg, will be available for signing and purchase at both locations.

If you enjoy reading the adventures of Mainers caught up in the Civil War, be sure to like Maine at War on Facebook and get a copy of the new Maine at War Volume 1: Bladensburg to Sharpsburg, available online at Amazon and all major book retailers, including Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble. —————————————————————————————————————–

Brian Swartz can be reached at He enjoys hearing from Civil War buffs interested in Maine’s involvement in the war.

Brian Swartz

About Brian Swartz

Welcome to "Maine at War," the blog about the roles played by Maine and her sons and daughters in the Civil War. I am a Civil War buff and a newspaper editor recently retired from the Bangor Daily News. Maine sent hero upon hero — soldiers, nurses, sailors, chaplains, physicians — south to preserve their country in the 1860s. “Maine at War” introduces these heroes and heroines, who, for the most part, upheld the state's honor during that terrible conflict. We tour the battlefields where they fought, and we learn about the Civil War by focusing on Maine’s involvement with it. Be prepared: As I discover to this very day, the facts taught in American classrooms don’t always jibe with Civil War reality. I can be reached at