Drums on the Penobscot: A Civil War Experience

We’re transforming the UMA-Bangor campus August 10-12 as Civil War re-enactors from Maine and beyond gather for a weekend filled with facts and fun.

Beginning with a historically accurate encampment, Drums on the Penobscot: A Civil War Experience will give participants and visitors a chance to see what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the War Between the States.

The line-up of activities includes:

  • Encampment
  • Firing Competition
  • Artillery Demonstration
  • Skirmish
  • Presentations by local and national Civil War historians
  • Mock trial of a deserter
  • Learn how to drill like a Civil War soldier
  • and more!

And…it’s all FREE for attendees! The encampment will be held at the UMA-Bangor campus near Eastport Hall at 128 Texas Ave.

PLUS, this year we’ve added pre-encampment activities to give even more opportunities to be a part of the fun!

Tuesday, August 7th, Noon
Maine State Archivist Dave Cheever is the presenter at our August Brown Bag Lunch. His presentation “Bangor and the Civil War: By the Numbers” begins at Noon in the historic Isaac Farrar Mansion on the corner of Union and Second Streets in Bangor. This is a free event.

Wednesday, August 8th, 6pm
Tour Bangor’s “Devil’s Half Acre” with Madam Fan Jones and learn more about the Queen City’s scandalous past. Learn more and purchase tickets here.*

Thursday, August 9th  4:30pm to 6:30pm
The Bangor Historical Society hosts is monthly membership reception, “Summer Wine at Hill House” on the lawn of the Thomas A. Hill House. Learn more and become a member here.

Friday, August 10, 6pm
Soldiers at Rest Walking Tour of Mount Hope Cemetery*

Soldiers at Rest walks the grounds of Bangor’s Mount Hope Cemetery is focused on the stories of some of the hundreds of Maine men, many from the Bangor Region, who fought in America’s Civil War.

Thousands of Maine men left the Pine Tree State between 1861-1865 when they enlisted in the Civil War. This tour tells their stories and includes the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery that mustered in Bangor in 1862 as the 18th Maine Volunteers and was renamed in 1863. 604 men from the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery died in a single battle, the Siege of Petersburg, in June, 1864. It was the largest single day loss of any regiment throughout the course of the war.

This tour meets near the Superintendent’s Office at Mount Hope Cemetery. Buy tickets.

Saturday, August 11

9 a.m.          Camps open to the public
10 a.m.         Artillery demonstration                                          Union Camp
10:30 a.m.      “Erecting a Maine monument at the Third Winchester Battlefield”  Eastport Hall
11 a.m.         “Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor” with Nick Picerno              Eastport Hall
1 p.m.          Bangor Band concert                                             Field Behind Bangor Hall
2 p.m.          Skirmish                                                        Texas Ave near Eastport Hall
The Trial and Execution of a Deserter                           Texas Ave near Eastport Hall
6 p.m.          President on the Penobscot*                                     Waterfront Concerts

Sunday, August 12th
9 a.m.         Camps open to the public
9 a.m.         Religious service with Blaikie Hines                           Union Camp
10a.m. – Noon  Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln at the camps                   Camp sites
10:30 a.m.     Artillery demonstration                                        Union Camp
12:30 p.m.     Skirmish                                                       Texas Ave near Eastport Hall
2 p.m.         Camps close

*This is a ticketed event


Are you a re-enactor looking to bring your unit or join one? Click here for registration details.

Want to volunteer to help with this event? Sign up here, select “Special Events Assistant” and we’ll get back to you soon.

Thank you to our sponsors!