Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
The Car "America" / Le Char America
Augusta, Maine – The Civil War
— The Museum in the Streets® —
In 1865, Augusta observed the Fourth of July in peace. The war had been won and the city celebrated with a procession, an oration, and a dinner at the Augusta House. The day began with a cavalcade of Fantastic Bummers marching through the streets dressed as outlandish characters mounted on horseback and riding in decorated carriages. The procession consisted of soldiers, government officials, fraternity society members, firefighters, citizens, and several floats. Among the floats was The Car "America," a creation bedecked with flowers, patriotic emblems and flags, and carrying young ladies representing every state in the Union. The float was drawn by 10 horses attended to by African-Americans, many of whom were former slaves.
Erected by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Augusta, Maine – The Civil War series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 44° 18.357′ N, 69° 46.887′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (U.S. 201) and Union Street, on the right when traveling south on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 State St, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maine Mounted Light Artillery / Artillerie Légère à Cheval du Maine (here, next to this marker); Lincoln's Request / L'Appel de Lincoln (here, next to this marker); Samantha Reed SmithVietnam Veterans Pine Grove (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 500 feet away); NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine (about 500 feet away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 700 feet away); Blaine Mansion (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Additional keywords. The Car "America" / Le Char America
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.