Maine War Hero Honored at Graveside Unveiling on Munjoy Hill

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Ben Smith Gives Nancy Tidrick, a Photography of Col. Sabine Emery at Unveiling Ceremony Last Friday.

Ben Smith Presents Nancy Tidrick With a Portrait of Col. Sabine Emery at Unveiling Ceremony Last Friday at Eastern Cemetery.

Some of the Civil War Re-enactors Who Partcipated in the Unveiling Ceremony

Some of the Civil War Re-enactors Who Partcipated in the Unveiling Ceremony

 

Dan and Nancy Tidrick at Unveiling Ceremony for Mainer Col. Sabine Emery on Friday.

Dan and Nancy Tidrick at Unveiling Ceremony for Mainer Col. Sabine Emery on Friday.

 

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,112)

“I wanted to humanize him today and bring him to life. He was a very gutsy guy with a dry sense of humor who was devoted to his wife, ” said  Nancy Tidrick, the great-great-grandaughter of Col. Sabine Emery. Emery was honored graveside at the historic Eastern Cemetery at the bottom of Munjoy Hill this past Friday afternoon. These comments came from Tidrick following the military ceremony after she read several eloquent excerpts from a transcript of a journal that Sabine kept during two years while he served in the Civil War.  Tidrick’s on-line search for Emery eventually brought her and her husband, Dan, to Munjoy Hill for the unveiling of a headstone previously lacking from the grave of her ancestor.

The Tidwick’s drive east from Ohio to participate in the ceremony for Col. Emery was the culmination of about 15 years of genealogy work by Nancy – a time during which she searched on-line for his final resting place.  During that time, she  developed an on-line and later telephone relationship with Portland Civil War buff Ben Smith.  Smith had been researching the history of the 9th Maine Volunteer Regiment because an ancestor of his, Llewellyn Smith, served in the 9th – the same Regiment that Col. Emery, a Maine native, led in the battle of Fort Wagner in South Caroline in 1863.  In March of 1868, at 34 years old, Col. Emery died in Baltimore, Md., where he was an attorney, of his war wounds. His burial site at the historic Eastern Cemetery, remained a mystery until recently.  When Ben Smith  discovered it, he was able to procure a headstone from the federal government to mark the gravesite of this war hero from Eastport. According to Tidwick, this unveiling had been planned for over  year.

“We have really enjoyed our visit in Portland.  The people have been most welcoming and the restaurants great,” said Tidrick as the couple prepared for a  trip up the scenic  Maine coast.  This is not the end of her genealogy studies as Tidrick has another side of her family to research.

 

1 thought on “Maine War Hero Honored at Graveside Unveiling on Munjoy Hill

  1. Carol, I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for including Nancy and me in your article. I saw a couple of minor items, but no big deal. Nancy is not originally from Maine, but grew up in Massachusetts. Also, Ben Smith should get most of the credit in locating the gravesite. Anyway, we’ll look forward to staying in touch. Dan Tidrick

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