When the Confederates Terrorized Maine: The Battle of Portland Harbor

Posted June 19, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

For more information: Larissa Vigue Picard; 207-774-1822;

Recent Colby College graduate Carter Stevens delivers a talk based on his senior thesis. His subject is raid into Portland in June, 1863, when a Confederate ship under the command of Lt. Charles W. Read entered the harbor and commandeered a U.S. Revenue Cutter there. A short pursuit and battle followed off the coast of Portland, where the Confederates surrendered but scuttled the ship. Stevens examines not only the details of the battle, but also how it was reported in local and national media, the reactions of Mainers to the raid, and how such a small incident fits into the larger Civil War.