We Respect the Flag, but …”: Opposition to the Civil War in Downeast Maine, 1861-1865

Posted Oct. 01, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine

For more information: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821;

Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, will explain how Maine is commonly remembered as one of the northern states most supportive of the Civil War, but that in fact many of its citizens were implacably opposed to the conflict, and they voiced their opposition loudly and persistently from the war’s beginning until its end. Others weighed in on the topic more quietly, but just as forcefully when they refused to enlist and evaded conscription by any effective means. While many studies have explored the history of Copperheadism and associated the political movement with populations that were urban, immigrant, and Catholic, there has been almost no prior investigation in Down East Maine, where the population was almost entirely rural, native, and Protestant.