Tag Archives: Bangor

William Pitcher arrived home in time for Christmas

  Bangoreans packed Norumbega Hall to welcome home William L. Pitcher on Friday, Dec. 26, 1862. And they bade him “good-bye” that same day. Born to Horatio and Anna Pitcher in Knox on May 11, 1836 and likely known as “Bill” or “Billy” in his childhood, Pitcher lived in Monroe until his family moved to […]

Pro-Union mob violated the 1st Amendment in Bangor

Freedom of the press – at least the press owned by Bangor Democrat Marcellus Emery – literally flew out the window on Aug. 12, 1861. By that summer, many Maine Democrats opposed the fledgling Civil War. In his 1967 graduate thesis “Civil War Bangor,” Professor John DiMeglio wrote that Democrat State Committee Chairman Marcellus Emery […]

The 2nd Maine Infantry charges onto Henry House Hill at Manassas

    The importance of the battle fought at Manassas, Va. on July 21, 1861 cannot be over-emphasized.Two amateur armies – with the South’s better led and the North’s better equipped – fought a daylong battle across the rolling terrain that borders the Warrenton Pike north of Manassas. The amateur soldiers fought in stifling heat […]