Mainers in the Civil War

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Far to the north, the great state of Maine did not witness any Civil War battles. Mainers, however, contributed to the war in many important ways. Hailing from the mainland to the islands, soldiers bravely fought to preserve the United States in most major battles. Men like General Joshua Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top, proudly returned home to serve as governor. Maine native Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln's first vice president. And Maine's strong women sacrificed and struggled to maintain ...

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Overview

Far to the north, the great state of Maine did not witness any Civil War battles. Mainers, however, contributed to the war in many important ways. Hailing from the mainland to the islands, soldiers bravely fought to preserve the United States in most major battles. Men like General Joshua Chamberlain, the hero of Little Round Top, proudly returned home to serve as governor. Maine native Hannibal Hamlin served as Abraham Lincoln's first vice president. And Maine's strong women sacrificed and struggled to maintain their communities and support the men who had left to fight. Author Harry Gratwick diligently documents the stories of these and other Mainers who preserved "The Way Life Should Be" for Maine and the entire United States.

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Hidden History of Maine and Penobscot Bay author Harry Gratwick returns with another venture into neglected Pine Tree State chronicles. Mainers in the Civil War reveals this frontier state's deep commitment to the Union cause. In fact, of all the states, Maine had the highest proportion of combatants. Far from the battlefield, but close to their hearts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299627
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,401,066
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Gratwick is a lifelong summer resident of Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. A retired history teacher, Gratwick had a forty-six-year career as a secondary school teacher, coach and administrator. He spent most of these years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he chaired the History Department and coached the baseball team.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The Politicians 13

Lincoln's First Vice President Hannibal Hamlin 13

The Wartime Governors Israel Washburn Abner Coburn Samuel Cony 18

2 From Generals to Governors 25

The Thirty-Second Governor Joshua Chamberlain 25

The Thirty-Fifth Governor Seldon Connor 31

The Thirty-Eighth Governor Harris M. Plaisted 35

3 Soldiers, Sailors and Marines 39

Generals in Blue Rufus Ingalls Oliver O. Howard 39

The "Prohibition Regiment" and General Neal Dow 51

The Admiral Henry Knox Thatcher 57

Two Skippers The Craven Brothers 63

The Marine Charles Heywood 72

4 Three Islanders Go to War 79

Deer Isle's Charles Gray 79

Vinalhaven's Lafayette Carver Woster Vinal 82

5 Two Confederates 89

The Raider Charles Read 89

A General in Gray Danville Leadbetter 97

6 Three Daughters of Maine 103

The Writer Harriet Beecher Stowe 104

The Humanitarian Dorothea Dix 110

The "Saintly" Carpetbagger Amy Morris Bradley 116

Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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