The Civil War’s Effects on Maine and Mainers
On Thursday, March 12th, at 6:30 pm, historian Dr. Tom Desjardin, a Pittsfield resident (and currently Maine’s acting Commissioner of Education), will discuss “The Civil War’s Effects on Maine and Mainers.” This event, sponsored by the Mid-Maine Community Forum, will be held at the First Universalist Church in Pittsfield. Dr. Desjardin holds a PhD in history and is known as a gifted speaker, especially knowledgeable about the Civil War, having published four successful books on the subject, most notably Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine; The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign. Two local Civil War re-enactors will also be on hand for the evening.
Dr. Desjardin’s talk is part of a series of events honoring the many Mainers who served in the Civil War. This series begins at 4 pm on Thursday, March 12th, at the Pittsfield Public Library with an open discussion of the book Yankee Warrior; the Story of a Civil War Hero from Maine by former Bangor Daily News editor and Maine Army National Guard Officer, Robert L. Haskell, who will be on hand for the discussion. The subject of the book is Medal of Honor winner Captain Walter G. Morrill, United States Army, a Maine country boy, who, as a young volunteer, commanded Company B, 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg. His name is etched on the Pittsfield’s War Memorial on Main Street by the railroad tracks.
These events are planned and sponsored by the Local and Legendary team members of the Pittsfield Historical Society, Pittsfield Public Library, and Maine Central Institute with the collaboration of the Heart of Pittsfield and the Mid-Maine Community Forum. These events are made possible through a grant from the Maine Historicl Society and the Maine Humanities Council with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.