2012 calendar highlights Maine and the Civil War

Posted Dec. 14, 2011, at 4:10 p.m.

Connect your favorite Civil War buff with local history this Christmas via the “2012 Maine and the American Civil War 150th Anniversary Calendar,” available at Richardson’s Civil War Round Table.

According to Maine author Peter Dalton, who wrote about the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment in “With Our Faces To the Foe,” the calendar features Civil War-era photographs, art, and recruiting posters highlighting Maine military personnel and civilians involved in the 1861-65 war effort. Many photos were provided by the Maine State Archives.

Each month also lists major 1862 battles and the birth dates and birth locations of Mainers who fought during the war. This information reveals such historic trivia as the April 15, 1822 birth of Napoleon Dana in Eastport; rising to a colonelcy during the Civil War, he served with the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment instead of a Maine outfit.

Among the people highlighted in the 2012 calendar are:

• Elihu Washburn, Maine’s 1861 governor;

• Civilian nurse Amy Morris Bradley;

• Col. Charles Tilden of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment;

• Maj. Thomas Hyde, a Bath resident who earned the Medal of Honor at Antietam;

• Gen. Zebulon York, a Mainer who fought for the Confederacy.

Richardson’s Civil War Round Table will publish a 150th anniversary calendar each year from 2011 to 2015, Dalton indicated. “It is a fund-raiser for us,” he said, explaining that the round table contributes money to various historical groups, including the Searsport Historical Society, and to help preserve such sites as Fort Knox in Prospect.

Formed approximately 15 years ago, the round table has some 20 members who meet from March through December at American Legion Post 157 on Route 1 in Stockton Springs; meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

At each meeting, members discuss a specific topic related to the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. According to Dalton, members also organize a battlefield tour each April; in 2012, members will tour the Virginia battlefields associated with the [Shenandoah] Valley Campaign of 1864.

Besides the 150th anniversary calendar, Richardson’s Civil War Round Table has published two Maine-related books:

• “Soldiers in Green,” the diaries of James Matthews from the U.S. Second Sharpshooters. The introduction was written by 20th Maine Infantry historian John Pullen;

• “Hard Times, Hard Bread, and Harder Coffee,” drawn from the wartime letters of Hezekiah Long from Co. F, 20th Maine Infantry. The introduction was written by Tom Desjardins, a former National Park Service historian at Gettysburg.

The “2012 Maine and the American Civil War 150th Anniversary Calendar” is available by mailing a check for $12.95, plus $1 for shipping and handling, to Richardson’s Civil War Round Table, 16 Leeman Drive, Northport, ME 04849.

Orders for the calendar can also be placed by calling 338-3693 or emailing richardsoncwrt@gmail.com. All profits from the calendar sales will benefit Civil War charities.

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