Civil War

A still frame from Forlorn Hope

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., July 6 at 11:30 am

On a warm summer afternoon, late in the Civil War, more than 850 Maine Soldiers accepted orders to charge an entrenched Confederate position on the outskirts of Petersburg, Virginia. Within 10 minutes of their charge, more than 630 of those soldiers were struck down. It was the largest number of casualties from men in the same regiment in any battle of the War.

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One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, soldiers from Maine were among those taking part in one of the bloodiest clashes of the Civil War: the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. For one Vermont resident, it's an historical event bought to life by a recently-discovered cache of letters written by her great-great-grandfather who was there - and captured an enemy flag before being wounded. Tom Porter has more.

Tasha Wallis says her interest in this historic event began a few months ago when a family gathering took an unexpected turn.

  Just days before the broadcast of "16th Maine at Gettysburg," we look at Maine's role in the Civil War.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by

David Cheever, State Archivist, Maine State Archives

Kimberly A. MacIsaac, Executive Director/Curator - Fifth Maine Regiment Museum

Candace Kanes, Curator, Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society

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