Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

April 10, 1863

“The Washington correspondent of the New York Herald makes the following mention of the gun-boat Penobscot: ‘The gun-boat Penobscot, Commander DeHaven, which came to the Washington Navy Yard from the Wilmington blockading station for repairs, has received a general overhauling, and is now nearly ready for sea again. She will probably not go back to the Wilmington station, as she is too slow to deal with the fast Clyde built steamers that the rebels are running into Wilmington, and which show their heels to the Mount Vernon, the fastest vessel we have on the station. The propeller of the Penobscot, as with some others of her class, has proved too small for her engines. The fact that for the eleven months the Penobscot was off Wilmington her fires were out less than ten times, and during that time her screw made five million six hundred thousand revolutions, shows the exhausting wear and tear our blockaders are subject to by the nature of the service.’”

April 9, 1896

“A Singular Family Record – In the Braley family of this city four generations in the male line are now living, in which there is a difference of 27 years between each father and son. Amaziah was born in 1810; his son James H., in 1837; his son Alton K., in 1864; and his son Earl in 1891.”

“ Blue and Gray – One of Belfast’s boys in blue, a member of Co. K, 4th Maine, recently met in business a man who at one time was quite directly opposed to him in arms. At the battle of Fredericksburg the 4th Maine made a charge on the enemy’s lines, and were met by an independent regiment of Confederates. He who represented the gray was a captain in that independent regiment, and the two men recalled several incidents which were noticed by both at the time.”

April 9, 1931

“The Belfast Press Herald, the junior publication that has been appearing intermittently for some time under the direction of Clyde B. Holmes, Jr. and Maine Hills, Jr., appeared again last week. It is now under the direction of Thomas Eldridge and Howard Ruben, Holmes and Hills remain as local contributors. The type is set in The Journal office and the City Job Print does the press work. Two of the four pages have local advts.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “The Criminal Code” with Walter Huston. “He drank, he danced, and in a moment of anger – he killed. She loved and suffered and for his sake flouted man-made conventions. Broadway’s sensational, smash play is now an even better picture.”

April 9, 1964

“Posters by Belfast school students noting National Library Week will be on display in the library and in Belfast store windows. Outstanding posters include those of Edward Webster, Denis Hall, Kym Clark, Jane Brown and Marie Keene. Several schools are planning special bulletin boards for next week through the cooperation of the teachers, principals and students.”

April 8, 1999

Co-op To Buy Building by Dave Piszcz

“Negotiations between the Belfast Food Co-op and owners of the High Street building that currently house the store and café are near completion. Co-op manager Gary Skigen says that the closing is slated for Thursday or Friday of this week, and the announcement will end speculation about other locations for the store. In an unexpected turn of events, co-op officials were notified of the building’s market placement by owners Windsor Hotel Company last June.”