Hines explores Union at Bull Run

Feb 20, 2014
Author and historian Blaikie Hines wears the uniform of 2nd Maine Cavalry.

Union — Union Historical Society will hold its first meeting of 2014 Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robbins House on Union Common. Thomaston author and Civil War buff Blaikie Hines will make an illustrated presentation about the volunteers from Union and all of the other towns of Knox County who were there when the first great land battle of the Civil War was fought on July 21, 1861 at Manassas, Va., 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.

Hines will discuss the Knox County soldiers who took part in the conflict and tell what happened to them. His material is drawn from his latest book, “The Battle of First Bull Run — Manassas Campaign July 16-22, 1861.” Copies of this illustrated atlas and battlefield guidebook will be available for purchase and author signing at the meeting. To enhance his presentation, Hines will wear the uniform of the 2nd. Maine Cavalry.

Born in Connecticut in 1949, Hines is a well-known fine arts conservator who specializes in 19th-century paintings and frames. He also is a Civil War collector, historian and author who grew up in a family steeped in the history of the American Civil War. His great-great-grandfather from Massachusetts fought in The First Battle of Bull Run. Hines' first book was “Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut.

After the meeting, refreshments will be served by hosts Betty Nims and Alison Metcalfe. All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common, the Cobb's Ledge historic site on Town House Road and the Old Town House, also located on Town House Road and available to rent for functions. Membership is $5 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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