Keywords: Fort William Henry
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
Black soldiers served in Maine during World War II, assigned in small numbers throughout the state to guard Grand Trunk rail lines from a possible German attack. The soldiers, who lived in railroad cars near their posts often interacted with local residents.
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
Item Contributed byThomaston Historical Society Mr. Jordan, Williams and others, must be employed to break into the north side of the west end of…
… a large-scale shipbuilding business at Fort Wharf on lower Knox Street. Chapman and Flint laid out a new yard on the Narrows (a narrowing of the…
… within one third of a mile of their principal fort, Magruder, while they peppered away at us all day with shot and shell, some of which struck and…