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Ellis Spear - Wiscasset School Teacher in the 20th Maine

Date:

8/4/13

In honor of the sesquicentennial of the 1863 battle of Gettysburg, Dr. Tom Desjardins, Historian for Maine's Department of Conservation and author of Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign and These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory will discuss Maine native Ellis Spear, the Bowdoin graduate and Wiscasset school teacher who became Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's friend and second in command at Gettysburg. Spear recruited members of the 20th Maine from Wiscasset and surrounding towns. His personal connections to these men made the scars of their loss even deeper. Dr. Desjardins will talk about Spear's relationship with Chamberlain, and his life during and after the war.