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Civil War Veterans in Portland, Maine 1929: Restored Video (4k, 60fps, Colorized)

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Marty Bostick
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Filmed between September 8-13, 1929, in Portland, Maine. This was the 63rd National GAR Encampment for Union soldiers of the Civil War. Video was upscaled to 4k, adjusted to 60fps and colorized for clarity.

On September 8, 1929, Elise Fellows White, a native of Skowhegan who was living in Portland, Maine at the time, wrote this in her journal:

"Portland is full of old soldiers. The Grand Army of the Republic is holding one of their encampments here. A trainload of five hundred came in today from Portland, Oregon. As we drove down Congress Street we saw the blue coats with medals and the broad brimmed hats and gray heads. They all carry themselves with great dignity. My mother remarked how we miss poor Uncle Charlie. He would have been here.
These soldiers have a characteristic expression. Sargent鈥檚 portrait of General Chamberlain shows it. The picture of the veteran with the empty sleeve shows it: eyes large, rather hollow-set, with drooping lids and a look of deep sadness. Well, we shall hear the "doings," speeches, etc. over the radio, and they will be good."

This video is made for educational purposes for fair use under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976.

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