The Forts of Maine: Silent Sentinels of the Pine Tree State

The Forts of Maine: Silent Sentinels of the Pine Tree State

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by Harry Gratwick
     
 

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Whether dotting the coastline, guarding the banks of the Kennebec or defending the Canadian border, Maine's many forts have sheltered its towns and people since the seventeenth century. Both Fort Kent and Fort Fairfield were built after the War of 1812 during the Aroostook War, when hostilities raged between Mainers and British Canadians over the region's rich timber…  See more details below

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Whether dotting the coastline, guarding the banks of the Kennebec or defending the Canadian border, Maine's many forts have sheltered its towns and people since the seventeenth century. Both Fort Kent and Fort Fairfield were built after the War of 1812 during the Aroostook War, when hostilities raged between Mainers and British Canadians over the region's rich timber stands. Portland Harbor's Fort Preble became embroiled in the Civil War when a Confederate raider tried--and failed--to steal a ship from its waters. In the twentieth century, Maine's preservationists protected many of these citadels, including Fort Knox in Penobscot Bay, the largest and most elaborate of all Maine's forts. Join local author Harry Gratwick as he uncovers stories of adventure and bravery from the forts of Maine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016352824
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Harry Gratwick is a seasonal resident of Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. A retired teacher, Gratwick had a long career as a secondary school educator. He spent most of these years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he chaired the history department and coached the baseball team.
  Harry is an active member of the Vinalhaven Historical Society and has written extensively on maritime history for two Island Institute publications: the Working Waterfront and Island Journal.

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