Eastern Maine and the Rebellion
by R. H. Stanley and G. O. Hall 1887
This account is mainly about the Second Maine, but also has interesting stories of the home front of Bangor,
a town across the river from Chamberlain's parents. The Gymnasium hospital mentioned on page 183 was visited by
- Page 51 describes the huge send-off the Second Maine was given, the Twentieth, in sharp contrast left town
with hardly a notice as Chamberlain later pointed out in his speech The Battle of Gettysburg
- Page 55 - 56 and page 123 explain the circumstances that led up to some of the 2nd Maine men mutineering and being assigned to the 20th.
Chamberlain would write to the Governor,
There is another matter, Governor, about which I wish to have a word with you. The transfer of the “three years men” of the 2nd Maine has been so clumsily done, that the men were allowed to grow quite mutinous – left uncared for in their old camp after the 2nd had gone for several days & having time & provocation to work themselves up to such a pitch of mutiny that Gen. Barnes had to send them to me as prisoners, liable to severe penalties for disobedience to his orders. You are aware, Governor, that promises were made to induce these men to enlist, which are not now kept, & I must say that I sympathize with them in their view of the case. Assured as they were that they would be mustered out with the 2nd, they cannot but feel that they are falsely dealt with in being retained & sent to duty in other Reg’ts. They need to be managed with great care & skill; but I fear that some of them will get into trouble for disobedience of orders or mutiny. My orders are to take them & put them on duty which they have already refused to Gen. Barnes & others. I shall carry out any orders whatever may be the consequence; but I sincerely wish these men were fairly dealt with by those who made their promises. All their papers sat they are enlisted for three years just as the men of this regiment are, & for us in the field there is no other way but to hold them to it. What you may be able to do for them I do not know.*
- 161 - 168 describe the rest of the 2nd Maine joyfully returning home.
- Page 190 describes the news of the surrender reaching Maine.
I must again thank John J. Pullen author of The Twentieth Maine
for discovering this book.
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