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John Martin: Expert Observer

Bangor Cornet Band member, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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Bangor Cornet Band member, 1864
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Description

John Martin (1823-1904), an accountant and shopkeeper in Bangor, wrote a detailed description, including illustrations, of the June 18, 1864 consecration of the Soldiers' Monument at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor.

The Bangor Cornet Band was part of the procession into the cemetery and performed during the ceremonies.

Martin wrote that the band uniforms were "blue broadcloth long frock coat & pants cap about way between a navy and a fighting man pants trimmed with gold cordon the seems The coat of arms on the front of the cap a circle with two instruments crossed."

The illustration of the band member is on page 25 of Martin's 1864 scrap and sketch book. Martin began in 1864 writing recollections of his life and activities. He also listed the members of the band and their occupations.

He created portions of the 1864 scrapbook contemporaneously with the events.

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