On May 24th, Park Ranger Ann Blumenschine from Petersburg Battlefield in Virginia, joined Civil War authors Diane and Ned Smith in presenting a program commemorating the sacrifices made by the men of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery. A program at the Bangor Public Library gave the history of the regiment and stressed the impact on the families and the local community resulting from the terrible losses the regiment suffered. An evening ceremony at Mt Hope Cemetery included the reading of the names of those killed at Petersburg, the spreading of soil from the Petersburg battlefield, and the reading of letters from family members who were hoping to discover the fate of their son or husband. Members of Company B, 20th Maine and the Daniel Chaplin Camp of Sons of Union Veterans represented the Civil War soldiers from Maine.
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