Join Maine at War and Civil War Days at Fort Knox this Saturday

As part of Civil Days being held at Fort Knox State Park this weekend, I will be speaking this Saturday, July 20,about how Maine Helped Save the Union in 1861 and 1862.

Stop by the Visitors’ Center at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and catch my program!

And take time to visit the Living History Encampment at Fort Knox this weekend and meet the Civil War re-enactors who bring soldiers to life!

In a matter of weeks in spring 1861, Maine geared up to support the Union, recruiting and equipping six infantry regiments and shipping four of them to Washington in time to participate in the Battle of Bull Run. My illustrated talk will focus on the role Maine played in preserving the Union during the war’s first two years — and we will meet some Maine men and women who made it possible!

And pick up a copy of my new book, Maine at War Volume 1: Bladensburg to Sharpsburg!

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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