Legion hosts Civil War re-enactors for 4th of July

Jul 08, 2019
Courtesy of: George Robinson Jr. 1st Lt. Paul Dudley, left, gives the command to members of Company B, 20th Maine Regiment, to fire, as they honor Thomaston Civil War veterans July 4.

Thomaston — For the first time in several years, the Williams-Brazier Post 37, of the American Legion, participated in the annual Thomaston 4th of July celebration this year. Post 37 set up a hot dog stand just outside the Legion Hall.

This year Company B, 20th Maine Regiment Civil War Reenactment Group, participated in the town parade and Post37 offered to host the group at itshall. Company B accepted, and led by 1st Lieutenant Paul Dudley, set up camp on post grounds Wednesday afternoon. In the evening Company B members were marched to the Thomaston Civil War Monument, where they gave a musket salute to remember the Thomaston men who went off to war from 1861 to 1865.

In addition to the hot dog stand, baked goods and arts and crafts tables were set up by the Women’s Auxiliary inside and outside the hall. Post 37 members were also able to obtain a small lunch wagon that was used to sell Gifford’s Ice Cream.

After the parade, Company B remained in camp while they recovered from marching in the heat. This offered the public a chance to view Civil War soldiers as they had lived in the field during the Civil War.

From left, Williams-Brazier Post 37 1st Vice Commander Jeremey Miller, Service Officer Jeff Wright and Adjutant Kent Woodward man the hot dog stand at Thomasto'sn 4th of July celebration. (Courtesy of: George Robinson Jr.)
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