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Antique Appraisals & the Civil War in the News

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Appraisals
Appraisers are often asked questions about how the appraisal process works and whether an appraisal is even needed. Worthologist Liz Holderman rounds up the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and gives some quick and easy answers, including how an appraiser knows what your collection is worth, why appraisers need to know why you want an appraisal, whether your baseball-card collection is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy and how the Internet changed the value of collectibles. See if your questions are answered here, and if not, ask away in the comments section. Liz will be glad to reply.Read “Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Appraisals”

Who fired first Civil War shot? A dispute in Fla.

A raid 150 years ago by Confederate sympathizers on a Union fort at what is now Pensacola Naval Air Station was likely little more than an ill-planned and drunken misadventure, perhaps ended by one soldier’s warning shot — and a blank one, at that. But don’t tell Pensacola residents that the Jan. 8, 1861, skirmish meant nothing — the event is the stuff of legend in this military town. Some even claim the clash was the Civil War’s first, three months before the battle on April 12, 1861, at South Carolina’s Fort Sumter, which is widely recognized as the start of the war. Dale Cox, the unofficial historian for the Florida Panhandle chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, wrote on his blog that he considers the Pensacola shot the first of the Civil War, saying in an interview that it marked the first time federal troops fired toward Confederate agitators….

How We’ve Commemorated the Civil War

Take a look back at how Americans have remembered the civil war during significant anniversaries of the past… Read More »
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Poll: 4 in 10 Southerners Still Side With Confederacy

A century and a half after the opening shots of the U.S. Civil War, nearly four in 10 Southerners say they still sympathize with the Confederacy. That’s according to a new CNN poll released on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, when Union soldiers raised a U.S. flag over Fort Sumter in South Carolina and the opening shots of the war rang out. The poll’s results reveal that the war that divided the nation for four years still divides American public opinion today. In the South, 38 percent of respondents said they sympathize with the Confederacy, which lost the bloody war. More than 600,000 American soldiers on both sides were killed. Overall, the number from all geographic areas who said they still side with the South is less than a quarter….

How Civil War Photography Changed War

Civil War photographers completely changed popular perceptions of modern warfare. We’ve all seen photographs of the Civil War: black-and-white images of bearded Union generals or mustachioed Confederate colonels posing to one side of the camera, dead bodies stacked on the battlefield or common soldiers around a camp tent. Looking back 150 years to the start of the Civil War this month, what impact did photography have on the war? On the people who lived during the time? What do these images tell us today about the soldiers and their families?

Historic Structures at Fort Davis National Historic Site Threatened by Major Wildfires

We’ve grown accustomed to media coverage of property threatened by raging wildfires in California, but… West Texas? Large fires that raced across the high desert last weekend caused major damage in the small town of Fort Davis. Thus far, the key historic structures at Fort Davis National Historic Site have escaped, but it’s been a close call, and fires continue to burn in the vicinity. Fort Davis National Historic Site preserves perhaps the best example of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest, and the rugged terrain adds to the fort’s appeal for modern-day visitors. That terrain, combined with severe drought and fierce winds, contributed to some of the worst fires in Texas history in recent days. Last weekend, the Rock House Fire burned over 108,000 acres in the region, including more than 106 acres of pinion-juniper, brush and grass in the higher elevation area of Fort Davis National Historic Site. The area affected is on the west side of the park, and includes land just acquired by the NPS in January….

Artifacts And Archives From Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Heading South For Safekeeping

Sometime this summer a truck, or trucks, loaded with artifacts and papers at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, will slowly pull away from the monument and set out on a 20-or-so-hour drive south. When the truck, or trucks, pull into the National Park Service’s Western Archaeological and Conservation Center in Tucscon, Arizona, workers will unload roughly 150,000 artifacts and archives tied in some fashion to the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry’s darkest days in June 1876…

Reenactments Highlight Fort Sumter Battle Anniversary Commemoration

One hundred and fifty years ago this Tuesday, April 12, the first salvos of the Civil War were launched when Confederate forces began a 34-hour bombardment that ended with the surrender of Fort Sumter. “The firing upon that fort will inaugurate a civil war greater than any the world has yet seen,” declared Robert Toombs, Confederate secretary of state, not long before the conflict began. Despite the lack of fatalities (except for two that a surrender ceremony accident produced), the siege on the Union fort on Charleston Harbor in South Carolina commenced

4 ways we’re still fighting the Civil War

He stood 5-foot-8 and weighed 145 pounds. His face was gaunt and sunburned. Ticks, fleas and lice covered his body. Before battle, his lips would quiver and his body went numb. When the shooting started, some of his comrades burst into maniacal laughter. Others bit the throat and ears of their enemy. And some were shattered by shells so powerful that tufts of their hair stuck to rocks and trees. Take a tour of a Civil War battlefield today, and it’s difficult to connect the terrifying experience of an average Civil War soldier — described above from various historical accounts — with the tranquil historic sites where we now snap pictures today. But you don’t have to tour a battlefield to understand the Civil War. Look at today’s headlines. As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of its deadliest war this week, some historians say we’re still fighting over some of the same issues that fueled the Civil War.

Maine’s historic churches presentation May 4

Union Historical Society will present a program on “Maine’s Historic Churches” on Wednesday May 4 at 7:30 pm in the Old Town House, Town House Road, Union. Christi A. Mitchell, architectural historian with the Maine Historic Preservation …

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Lewiston’s Historic Cowan Mill; destroyed by fire

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A massive fire destroys a landmark mill. Investigators are searching for three suspects.

Historic Cowan Mill Burns In Lewiston – 7/16/09 9:30am MPBN News

Reward Offered In Lewiston Mill Arson WCSH-TV

Lewiston fire jeopardizes Island Point project Mainebiz Daily

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Mill fire declared arson

LSJ- The State Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded that the fire at the Cowan Mill Wednesday afternoon was arson.
In a press release, the state posted a $5000 reward on this afternoon for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for seeting the fire.
Anyone with information that can aid investigators is asked to call the Lewiston Police department at 784-6421or the Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-888-870-6162.

Fire doesn’t stop hopes of hotel

LSJ–Nicole Esposito of Espo’s in Lewiston points to the awnings of the restaurant that were damaged by the embers from the Cowan Mill fire. Esposito said they had to evacuate the restaurant when the fire broke out on Wednesday but on Thursday it was back in business.

Investigators must use video to probe Cowan Mill fire cause

LSJ–Fire investigator look over the remains of the Cowan Mill fire on Thursday.

Maine DEP: Most hazardous materials previously removed from mill

LSJ–State officials said Thursday they believe the most hazardous materials, including asbestos, had already been removed from the Cowan Mill prior to the blaze that destroyed the building Wednesday. Concerns were minimal that people in Lewiston or nearby would sustain any lasting health concerns from the heavy smoke that hung in the air, a state official said.

Lewiston considers Cowan Mill condemnation, demolition

LSJ–City officials were moving Thursday to condemn the remains of the fire-ravaged Cowan Mill with an aim toward demolishing the remaining brick walls next week.
“It’s just not a safe structure right now,” said Phil Nadeau, acting city administrator. “We need to move quickly, we know that. How quickly? We can’t say right now.”

The day after the Cowan Mill fire: Live Updates

LSJ–A Lewiston fire fighter sprays water into the remains of the Cowan Mill on Thursday morning. There was some concern that if the walls surrounding the smokestack in the photo collapsed the entire smokestack could come down. Crews have been on the scene since a little before 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fire engulfs historic textile mill in Maine

KIVI-TV – Police Lt. Mark Cornelio says the vacant Cowan Mill was engulfed soon after the fire was reported Wednesday afternoon, with flames licking through its roof.

Loss of Historic Mill Leaves New Questions About Site’s Future

MPBN News – Lewiston has lost part of its historic riverfront skyline. All that remains of the Cowan Mill after a massive fire Wednesday is part of the local landmark’s

Investigators: Maine mill fire was set

NECN – – Investigators say a fire that swept through a historic textile mill in Maine’s second-largest city was a case of arson.

Bits and pieces of the Cowan/Aurora Mill history:

(Just a few bits of old data. There’s lots more, but I’ll leave it to the locals to present it.)

Libbey and Cowan mills timeline – 1850: The Cowan Mill, named after former Lewiston Mayor David Cowan, is built on the site of Lewiston’s very first cotton mill, which burned down in March

The historic Cowan mill occupied the spot nearly where the first sawmill in Lewiston was erected in 1770, but was destroyed by fire in 1785. That original sawmill was replaced with another and, that one also burned down.

It was interesting to note that the 1862 book Water Power of Maine listed the Cowan operation as simply follows;

D. Cowan & Co., manufacturers of woolen goods, also dyeing and bleaching woolen and cotton yarns, employing 27 females, 25 males.

The 1888 “Blue Book” directory of textile manufacturers listed the operation as;

Cowan Woolen Co. (W.) Fred. Olfene, Supt. Cassimeres and Ladies’ Dress Goods. 8 Sets Cards. 34 Looms. D. H. 2 Boilers. 2 W W.

This is the text from the Acts and Resolves of the Maine State Legislature approving the incorporation of the Cowan mill as a business entity as the Aurora Mills;

Chapter 376

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature assembled, as follows:

Sect. 1. David Cowan, George F. Peirce and Augustus Callahan, their associates, successors and assigns, are constituted and made a body politic and corporate by the name of the Aurora Mills, with all the powers and privileges and subject to all the duties and liabilities provided by the laws of this state concerning manufacturing corporations.

Sect. 2. Said corporation is authorized to manufacture wool, in the city of Lewiston, to purchase and hold real estate and personal not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars in value, to build and erect such buildings and machinery as their convenience may require, and make all necessary rules and regulations for the prosecution of the same, consistent with the laws of the state.

Sect. 3. David Cowan is hereby authorized to call the first meeting of these corporators by giving to each of the others a First meeting, written notice of the same seven days before such meeting.

Sect. 4. This act shall take effect when approved.

Approved February 26, 1870.

The 1873 edition of The Wealth and Industry of Maine says;

Aurora Mills,* cap., $35,000; water pow., 50 h. ; mac. emp., 3 sets cards ; production, meltons, fancy cassimeres, repellante ; val., $124,000 ; m. emp., 25 ; f. emp., 30 ; wages during the year, $24,000 ; 12 mos. in operation.

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