Antietam burial map, part : Its discovery stuns historians and researchers

A Civil War-era map discovered at the New York Public Library in spring 2020 will forever change how visitors view the Antietam battlefield. And there’s even a 10th Maine Infantry lad listed on the map. Invading Maryland in September 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee figured his Army of Northern Virginia had time to forage between […]

The 7th Maine lads faced a hillside alive with 16,000 Confederates

After capturing Fredericksburg on Sunday, May 3, 1863 and then fighting the bloody and inconclusive Battle of Salem Church later in the day, what else could possibly go wrong for Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick and his VI Corps — and indirectly for the 7th Maine Infantry Regiment? A whole lot, it seems. Sedgwick learned early […]

D-Day on the Rappahannock

Civil War buffs remember Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson outflanking ol’ Oliver Otis Howard and the Confederates then thumping Joe Hooker, so intent on losing the battle that he did not bother to properly fight it. All the action took place out around Hazel Grove and the Chancellor House, or so the story goes. But heavy […]

Charlie Brown wore blue, gray, and then blue once too often

In another era he might be considered a swashbuckler, but playing Yankee and Johnny Reb left Maine’s Charles Webster Brown — a.k.a. Alfonso C. Webster — hanging and dead. Writing in the April 2003 Civil War Times, author and Civil War historian Robert L. Willett skillfully wove the tale of Brown/Webster, who hailed from Weld […]

5th Maine lads expertly foraged food in the Virginia countryside

Months before William Tecumseh Sherman’s “bummers” made “Georgia howl,” certain 5th Maine Infantry lads, including Corp. William Holmes Morse, expertly foraged — the correct term would be “pilfered” — foodstuffs from unhappy Virginia farmers. In fact, a farmer or two lost a bunch of pigs in the vicinity of 5th Maine pickets in July 1862. […]

Whether Tabbutt, Tibbets, or Tibbetts, an Addison warrior he was

Even if the government could not spell his surname correctly, Hillman Look Tibbetts of Addison still did his job as the good soldier he was. A sailor standing 5-10 when he enlisted in Co. G, 6th Maine Infantry on May 2, 1861, Hillman hailed from Addison, a sea-faring town on the Washington County coast in […]

A hero emerges at Chancellorsville, part 2

As Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick extricated his trapped VI Corps overnight on May 4, 1863, orders went to the 6th Maine Infantry Regiment to defend the corps’ far right flank along the Rappahannock River, even if doing so meant capture or death. As the night passed, time ran out. Concealed in dark woods near Banks’ […]

A hero emerges at Chancellorsville, part 1

 Talk about bureaucratic delay: The federal government took 33 years to reward Charles Amory Clark for saving a Maine regiment at Chancellorsville. Born in rural Sangerville in Piscataquis County on January 26, 1841, Clark “was a student at Foxcroft Academy” when the Civil War began. “I was fairly well fitted for college, and would have […]

Emerging Civil War offers informative and affordable books

If your Civil War summer reading’s getting a little stale or pricey, check out the informative and affordable Emerging Civil War Series. An online blog publishing multiple posts each week, Emerging Civil War “serves as a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship related to the Civil War,” the non-profit organization indicates at https://emergingcivilwar.com, Under […]

Come and get your Antietam dead

Maine boys still littered the Antietam battlefield six months after George McClellan and Robert E. Lee battered each other senseless on that mid-September day. Sometime in early spring 1863, New York resident James S. King traveled to Sharpsburg, Maryland and “visited the field of Antietam in search of the remains of a friend,” reported the […]