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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Civil War Hero

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
1. Civil War Hero Marker
Inscription. Colonel Philo Hersey, born in Canton, Maine, came to Belfast in 1861. He entered Civil War service as a captain in the 26th Maine Regiment. Severely wounded at the battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana, he returned to Belfast and in 1865 married Arabella Johnson. He and his family lived in this house for 20 years. Hersey was a man of many talents--teacher, soldier, merchant, lawyer, commander of the GAR post, state representative--and in 1875 built the shoe factory (panel #1). He left Belfast for California in 1885, where he started a successful fruit business, but returned to Belfast for Civil War veteran's reunions. An interesting note: In 1858, Arabella Johnson's family hosted the future Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in their home to the right of the Hersey house.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 44° 25.448′ N, 69° 0.316′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Church Street. Click for map. Marker faces sidewalk between Miller & Pearl Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Civil War Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
2. Civil War Hero Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Education First and Foremost (within shouting distance of this marker); A Benevolent Bequest (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Church (about 500 feet away); The Opera House (about 700 feet away); Post Office Square (about 700 feet away); Downtown Main Street (about 700 feet away); The Windsor Hotel (about 800 feet away); Main and High (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #9 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. Civil War Hero Marker
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By James True, September 1, 2012
4. Civil War Hero Marker
Col. Hersey's house today
Civil War Hero Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, September 1, 2012
5. Civil War Hero Marker
Johnson family home to the right of Col. Hersey's home
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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