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

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495367
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 977,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Gratwick is the author of “Mainers in the Civil War,” “Hidden History of Maine,” “Penobscot Bay” and “Stories from the Maine Coast.” He spends summer on Vinalhaven Island, and is a member of the Vinalhaven Historical Society. He writes for two local publications, Island Journal and Working Waterfront, and holds a M.A. in history from Columbia University.
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