Civil War soldier info available at archive

When I first wrote about the “Silent Sentinels,” the list of Maine’s Civil War monuments with photos at, the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War was still a year away.
Now, it’s less than three months until April 12, and I’m not among those who are prepared.
What might your historical society, museum [...]

About-face:Florist raises money to rotate Civil War statue

For 20 years, local florist Mike Blais has made Kennedy Park’s Civil War monument part of his regular tour of Lewiston-Auburn.
“I’d drive people around and show them the Bates Mill and tell them that history and about the Civil War, and then I’d take them to Kennedy Park and tell them how it was named [...]

Maine archive puts Civil War-era letters online

The Maine State Archive has launched a website that includes glimpses of how the Civil War affected the lives of Maine people from that era.
The website, which became available this month, shows images of original letters, transcriptions to help readers understand the script, graphics, and narratives to give the letters context.

A Nation Divided: The 1860 Election of Abraham Lincoln and its Lasting Consequences

“A Nation Divided: The Election of Abraham Lincoln and its Lasting Consequences” will be the subject of a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the Ostrove Auditorium on the Colby College campus in Waterville.
The event is sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Colby College [...]

Students Excavate Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain House

Students in Scott MacEachern’s Essentials of Archaeology course are hoping they will become privy to secrets of 19th century life buried underground at the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain House. In fact, the student archaeologists would like to find the remains of the privy itself.
An outhouse is where unusual objects often end up, says MacEachern. “When you [...]

Bowdoin Unknown: The Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Museum

Though he figures prominently in Bowdoin culture—from the way he greets visitors from his post on Maine Street to the places on campus that bear his name—Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain remains a surprisingly unknown figure.
A graduate and president of the College, as well as a Civil War hero and governor of Maine, Chamberlain was “a hero [...]

Jonesport graveside ceremony honors Civil War hero

A former sea captain who lay in his unmarked grave next to his beloved wife for 86 years was honored Saturday as a Civil War hero.
Taps was played, prayers and speeches were offered, and Maine Military Funeral Honors Program members respectfully and solemnly folded the American flag as dozens of descendants of William Wallace Clark [...]

Museum recognizes 150th anniversary of Hamlin’s election

When Maine Sen. Hannibal Hamlin was roused from bed one night in May  1860, a group of friends saluted him as the Republican Party’s candidate for vice president.
“But I don’t want the place,” Hamlin replied, according to documents at the Paris Hill library and museum that bear his name.

Headstone Dedication for Maine Civil War Soldier

An East Machias Civil War Veteran, Private William Wallace Clark, was buried upon his death in 1924 at the Richards Cemetary in Jonesport. Clark was wounded during the Civil War and suffered from his wounds for his entire life.
Clark was buried without a head stone. Through research the family has identified his exact burial location [...]

Civil War historians pitch battle at Fort Knox

Visitors to Fort Knox were taken on a trip back to the Civil War this weekend. 
More than 200 re-enactors staged battles between the North and the South, as the Confederacy tried to capture the fort from the Union.