Belfast in the Civil War: In the midst of battle

May 15, 2014

Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

May 13, 1864

Taken from a letter written by Lieut. Ansel L. White, of the19th Maine, in Hancock’s corps, to his father in Belfast on May 7th: ‘”We are in the midst of a terrible battle. I think yesterday was the hardest day I ever experienced; and how I ever escaped being killed or wounded is a miracle. We drove the enemy for more than a mile, when they got on our left flank, and we were obliged to retreat back to our old ground, and now hold the same position that we did at the commencement of the fight.”

“An Incident of Friday’s Battle – A tribune correspondent in his account of Friday’s battle writes: ‘Far down the plank road where Hancock fought, beyond the thickest rebel dead, lay a boy severely wounded, perhaps not less a soldier, that he was but a boy. He had fallen the day before when we were farthest advanced, and had remained unmolested within rebel lines. They had not removed him, and he was alone with the dead when I rode up. The poor fellow was crawling about gathering violets. Faint with the loss of blood, unable to stand, he could not resist the tempting flowers, and had already made a beautiful bouquet. Having caused a stretcher to be sent for, I saw him taken up tenderly and borne away, wearing a brave, sweet, touching smile.’”

May 12, 1887

“Grand Army Fair – Thomas H. Marshall Post, G. A. R., of this city, will hold a fair in the Belfast Opera House, on Thursday and Friday of this week, in the interest of the soldiers’ monument fund. This will be the last appeal in behalf of a monument to our fallen heroes.”

“Hanson’s Carriage Opening – Today Mr. E. F. Hanson, of this city, will open his carriage sales for the year 1887 in his new repository, corner of Bridge and Washington Sts. Mr. Hanson’s sales have increased from 46 carriages in 1882 to 235 in 1886, making him the largest dealer in this line in Maine.”

May 11, 1940

“Friday evening the annual ‘Physical Exhibition’ that includes the pupils from all of the High School Classes and the Grades of the city schools will take place in Crosby High auditorium. Vincent L. Cohee and Miss Elise Jones the directors in these departments will be in charge and will be assisted by the other teachers. All interested, especially parents, should make an effort to enjoy the interesting programs.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins in “Virginia City’” and Darryl F. Zanuck’s production of “The Grapes of Wrath,” directed by John Ford.

May 14, 1987

“Full Train – The Belfast & Moosehead Lake RR train station in Belfast was a busy place on Saturday as capacity crowd rode the train on two trips to Brooks. There were 239 railroad buffs from four to 78 years of age enjoying the scenery from comfortable Amtrak passenger cars, a rare treat in this day of no-passenger trains in Maine.”

May 13. 2004

Charter members of the BAHS rowing team were shown taking their first row in Come Boating’s six-oared gig BelleFast. Team members Candace Williams, Sindbad Fennimore, Kristen Ireland, Brittini Toole, Logan Saunders and Ashlee Farrell were training under the direction of Joanne Moesswilde. “The team will compete locally with squads from North Haven, Vinalhaven and Rockland, and regionally against teams from New England.”

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