Tag Archives: Gettysburg

New biography explains why Strong Vincent was “The Lion of Round Top”

Erie, Pennsylvania historian Hans G. Myers brings to life an overlooked Gettysburg hero with his new book, The Lion of Round Top: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War, but readers must look past another officer altogether to learn about the warrior who led the 3rd Brigade […]

Gettysburg beavers create a new pond

Rah-rah-sis-boom-bar! The Gettysburg beavers will flood far! If the wounded Col. Elijah Walker and the 4th Maine Infantry’s survivors had encountered spring 2022’s conditions will retreating across the Valley of Death on July 2, 1863, pursuing Confederates would have rounded up every danged Yankee. Few Union boys could have waded (maybe) or swum flooded Plum […]

A Gettysburg mystery

Among the Mainers killed at Gettysburg exists a mystery: John C. Wadsworth of Cornish. His Masonic brothers held a funeral for their brother slain on the field of valor, and everyone in Cornish believed he died at Gettysburg. Yet … When he enlisted in the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment on August 5, 1862, Wadsworth was […]

Maine’s Unknown Soldier rests at Gettysburg

Ironically made from granite quarried at Hallowell in Kennebec County, the New York State Monument rises more than 94 feet above the Gettysburg National Cemetery, not far from its Baltimore Pike entrance. Erected to honor New York’s approximately 6,700 battle of Gettysburg casualties, the monument also incidentally serves as a landmark for anyone seeking the […]

Death surrounded the nurses of Gettysburg, part 2

Rain falling since July 14, 1863 had turned the grounds at III Corps’ hospital at Gettysburg “so wet and muddy” that nurses wore India-rubber boots to get around, said nurse Emily Bliss Souder, a Kennebunk-born Mainer now living in Philadelphia with her husband and surviving children. Not letting up until July 18, the rain cooled […]

Death surrounded the nurses of Gettysburg, part 1

At 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, several Philadelphia nurses left Baltimore on a Northern Central Railroad train for Hanover Junction. Among the women was 49-year-old Emily Bliss Souder, née Thacher, born to Stephen and Harriet (Preble) Thacher at Kennebunk in York County in June 1814. Her parent later moved to Lubec, where brother Joseph A. […]

Mainers go violent at the Devil’s Den, part 1

As John Bell Hood’s division swept east from the Emmitsburg Road after 3 p.m., the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment occupied a position near the Devil’s Den, the rock-tumbled outcropping at the south end of Houck’s Ridge. Atop it spread four 10-pounder Parrotts belonging to the 4th New York Battery, commanded by Capt. James E. Smith. […]

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 […]

U.S. House orders Confederate monuments removed from Gettysburg and elsewhere

The assault continues against the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg. This time the attack originated in Washington, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill that orders the National Park Service to remove “statues, monuments,” and all other things Confederate from 25 Civil War sites within 180 days of the bill being signed […]

Artillery pounds 19th Maine lads prior to Pickett’s Charge

Twenty-two when he mustered as a corporal with Company I, 19th Maine Infantry Regiment on August 25, 1862, Edgar A. Burpee displayed leadership skills that saw him promoted to first lieutenant by summer 1863. Midcoast men filled Company I, commanded on the march north to Gettysburg by Capt. George D. Smith of Rockland. The towns […]