'Drums on the Penobscot' Teaching Maine History in the Civil War

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) "It becomes much more real than people would imagine. It's not all for show. we're doing it we're doing it when nobody else is around."

The Bangor Historical Society strives to educate people on the history of the region. They did that on Sunday with Drums on the Penobscot: A Civil War Experience.

"We're not here to glorify war," said Tim Perkins, Adjutant 6th Battalion Army Northern Virginia. "We're here to honor those that went before us, and the sacrifices they've made."

The event showcases a Civil War encampment, battle and weapon reenactments, and children activities. Many people are there to carry on the legacy of their ancestors, who served their country in a time of great need.

"I portray a woman's role in the Civil War, and I do have an ancestor who actually died in Culpepper, Virginia, and so I like to think about him while i'm doing this as well," said Caroline Connor, Nurse for the Maine Camp Hospital Association 1862.

"You get to know people, and also they will tell you that they have an ancestor, and so I usually take it down, and I look it up in the adjutant general," said Gary Moore, Sulter 20th Maine. "Everybody that was enlisted in the state of Maine in the Civil War is in that book."

Ted Chamberlain played the role of Joshua Chamberlain, one of Maine's most important icons during the Civil War.

"After I learned about Joshua Chamberlain, I was reading in a book, 'in the hands of providence: Joshua Chamberlain the american civil war,' that he was a descendant from William Chamberlain from Billerica, Mass, and Rebecca who died in the prison," said Ted Chamberlain, portraying Joshua Chamberlain. "So, that was exciting, and it just kind of added some kind of excitement, of course, to what I was doing already."

And while the day was educational and fun for people of all ages, it serves as an important reminder of the men and women who sacrificed to keep the country together.

"Education of history is what we're here for. not only for ourselves, but for the, you know, future generations," said Perkins. "If you don't learn from history you're going to repeat it, and we don't wanna repeat it."