Civil War talk at Belfast Historical Society

Jul 22, 2012
Col. Philo Hersey led volunteers from Belfast and surrounding Waldo County towns into battle. His company served with the 26th Maine, a nine-month regiment which saw heavy fighting in Louisiana.

“Civil War Photographs: An Illustrated Discussion of Maine’s Soldiers and Veterans,” will be the topic of a talk given by Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian, for the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

Shettleworth put together this presentation as part of the state’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. He will illustrate Maine’s major role in the Civil War through period images of people and places that figured in this epic American conflict. Portrait photographs depict the state’s political leaders, military officers and enlisted men. Scenic photography portrays views of both the homefront and the battlefields. Pictures of such post-war activities as veterans’ parades and monument dedications show the lasting impression the war left on local communities.

Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held on the fourth Monday of the month, April through October. Those unable to attend the program are invited to tune in to “Window on History” on BCTV-2 at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Or watch the program on the museum website, www.belfastmuseum.org, which offers new programs each month.

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