BANGOR — Members of the Bangor Historical Society shed a light on some of the people buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.
The Bangor Historical Society held its annual Soldier at Rest tour Wednesday, where people would walk around Mount Hope Cemetery learning about some of the civil war soldiers that are buried there.
With assistance from a tour guide, people saw monuments and gravesites and then learned the backstories of Civil War soldiers that were from the Bangor area.
“See that local history because it does make us who we are. In context, it’s the best way to show that history,” said Matt Bishop, curator for the Bangor Historical Society.
He said Wednesday’s tour falls on the anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run, one of the earliest skirmishes between the Union and the Confederacy where many Maine soldiers had died.
“Maine sent more soldiers per capita than any other state. There’s just a lot of civil soldiers in the cemetery and it’s a really nice one to do due diligence for,” Bishop said.
Another story highlighted during the tour was the tale of Augustus Hamlin, a man who fought in the war, founded the historical society and was the nephew of United States Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, who was vice president during the war.
Bishop added that was just one of the many captivating tales of the people who are buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.
“I mean it’s so important to be mindful and respectful of those that are here, but there are just some phenomenal stories of all the 30,000 souls that are here at Mount Hope. Just to have a little more of a focus of topic is so good,” Bishop said.