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Fate of the Union: Maine State Archives this week launchs four-year commemoration of Maine’s important role in the Civil War

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

Fate of the Union: Maine State Archives this week launches four-year commemoration of Maine’s important role in the Civil War

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And the award (again) goes to …

I like Civil War trivia. I am a (tiny) bit of a Civil War history buff, especially when it comes to Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine Regiment.

Here is the DownEast.com trivia question:

Who is reported to have won both the Medal of Honor and the Gold Lifesaving Medal?

Answerm

Marcus Hanna, a keeper of Cape Elizabeth Light. The first medal was for bravery in battle at Port Hudson during the Civil War; the second was for saving two men from the wrecked schooner Australia in 1885. In 1997, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a buoy tender named in Hanna’s honor.

Maine stuff in my California apartment No. 3

Several books from my small library on the American Civila War. These books center around Joshua Chamberlain, scholar, warrior, hero, and politician.

 This is an occasional multipart series of photos of things related to Maine that can be found in my California apartment. Today’s photo is of a few books in my small library on the American Civil War.

The first set is a series of books related to Joshua Chamberlain, a Bowdoin College professor, who joined the troops from Maine going off to fight in the Civil War.

He was given a leadership role in the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment and later, despite having no education in military strategies, became a highly respected and honored officer. He fought gallantly at Gettysburg, leading a bayonet charge in protection of Little Round Top Mountain, was severely wounded several times throughout the war, received the Medal of Honor, selected to accept Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, served four one-year terms as Maine’s governor, and eventually died several decades after the war’s end from complications caused by war wounds.

These are three fictional novels from my small library on the American Civil War. They were written by Michael Shaara and his son, Jeffrey Shaara. "The Killer Angels" won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was made into a movie, as was "Gods and Generals."

The second photo is also related to Chamberlain, but it is a trilogy of fiction. The first, “The Killer Angel,” was written by Michael Shaara and won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was made into the 1993 movie “Gettysburg,” with Jeff Daniels starring as Chamberlain. Shaara’s son, Jeffrey, added the prequel, “Gods and Generals” and a sequel, “The Last Full Measure.” “Gods and Generals” also was made into a film and Daniels stared as Chamberlain in that as well.

In “Gettysburg,” besides Daniels, the cast included Martin Sheen (Robert E. Lee), Tom Berenger (Lt. Gen. James Longstreet), documentary film maker Ken Burns (general’s aide), Sam Elliott (Brig. Gen. John Buford), Stephen Lang (Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett), and a bunch of other actors.

In “God and Generals,” the cast included Robert Duvall (replacing Sheen as Lee) media mogul Ted Turner (Col. Tazewell Patton), Bruce Boxleitner (replacing Berenger as Longstreet), C. Thomas Howell (Thomas Chamberlain), and Kevin Conway (Sgt. Buster Kilrain), and a bunch of other actors

This is an occasional multipart series of photos of things related to Maine that can be found in Keith Michaud’s California apartment. Keith Michaud shot today’s photos.

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