Tag Archives: Danville

Murder most friendly in the Bluegrass

Friendly fire killed a Mainer in central Kentucky in summer ’64 — and he wasn’t even a soldier. Born in Wells in York County on July 3, 1836, Judson Littlefield was one of nine children born to Ivory and Eunice (Hobbs) Littlefield. According to Ancestry.com, Ivory may have been born in Wells or in Chesterville […]

The 5th Maine Infantry’s “galvanized Rebel” — Part II

After Confederate troops captured William Frederick Irwin of the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment at Spotsylvania Courthouse in mid-May 1864, he was soon shipped to a prison camp at Salisbury, N.C. “This was a nasty place,” according to Maine historian Curt Mildner. The prisoners suffered from malnutrition, lack of clothing and shelter, disease, and sadistic guards […]