Tag Archives: 6th Maine Battery

Maine’s largest cannonball is in … Hodgdon?

Civil War service in a Maine artillery battery so affected Royal Spaulding Adams that prior to or after his death, he left arrangements to adorn his monument with what could be Maine’s largest cannonball, real or replica. Royal was a Hodgdon lad, born there to Isaac Benjamin Adams and Margaret E. Hawksley Adams on February […]

Super Horse meets his Gettysburg kryptonite

Super Horse carried a Maine officer throughout the July 2, 1863 slugfest at Gettysburg. The officer was Lt. Col. Freeman McGilvery, commanding the 1st Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac. His breed unknown, Super Horse was definitely a male (“he,” McGilvery commented), either a stallion or a gelding. We do not know the […]

Missing

When disease, a wound, or death felled a Maine soldier, his relatives understood the risks inherent with wartime service. They knew his immediate fate. But when a Maine boy went missing, the folks at home could only imagine the worst — and so they did in countless letters addressed to Maine Adjutant General John Hodsdon. […]