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June 15-21, 1862

June 15-21
Henry S. Robinson Diary, June 15th – 21st 1862


15th June Boston – Sunday
Attended church A.M + P.M
at Springfield st. chapel
S.S. Concert in evening at 7¼
Ms. Mellen spoke to children
– a poor sailor who goes about
doing good.

16th Went to So Boston to
all the building lots –
also to old entrenchments
at the extreme end –
Old Harbor wharf best.

Sent application for [?]
of 2500 dollars life insurance
Saw Hibbard who wants me
to apply an Indicator to a
(Cerlip?) Engine for him

Paid fare to Berlin 100

17th June Clinton
Hoed garden + put down parlor


18th Put down sitting room carpet
– got 2 bundles straw 16

19th Finished sitting room
Paid for 3 [ds?] (backing?)3.75
– “ little chain 1.10
“ for horse to N. (Berlish?) 1.30

20th worked in garden + on
my Navy papers –

21st Paid for fencing stuff 13
“ “ “ nail + hinges 12
“ “ Toothbrush 15
“ “ Cord + [?] 15

Battle of Spotsylvania Lecture by Gordon C. Rhea – June 12 at 7pm

As one of the final events in the Lest We Forget series of events, the Andover Historical Society looks forward to welcoming the pre-eminent living expert on the Battle of Spotsylvania, award winning historian Gordon C. Rhea, to Andover to discuss the Battle of Spotsylvania, which occured in May 1864 as part of the U.S. Civil War. Mr. Rhea will be speaking at the Town House (aka Old Town Hall) on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to public.

The Andover Bookstore will provide copies of several of Mr. Rhea’s books for sale at the event.

Mr. Rhea is a nationally acclaimed historian. He has lectured extensively on topics of military history at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, at several National Military Parks, and at historical societies and civil war round tables across the country. He had been a member of numerous boards of directors of historical societies, magazines, and historic preservation organizations, including the Civil War Library and Museum, Philadelphia, and North and South magazine. Mr. Rhea has appeared on History Channel, A&E Channel, and Discovery Channel in programs related to American history and has written scores of articles for various scholarly and popular publications. His books, which are considered authoritative in their fields, include:
• The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864
(LSU Press: Baton Rouge, 1994). (History Book Club Main Selection, Book of the Month Club Selection, winner of Landry Award, Civil War Regiments’ Award).
• The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern: May 7-12, 1864
(LSU Press: Baton Rouge, 1997) (History Book Club Dual Main Selection, winner of Landry Award).
• To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13-25, 1864
(LSU Press: Baton Rouge, 2000) (History Book Club Main Selection, winner of Landry Award, 2000, and the Fletcher Pratt Award, 2001).
• Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864
(LSU Press: Baton Rouge, 2002) (History Book Club Dual Main Selection, Military History Book Club Dual Main Selection; winner of Daniel M. Laney Award, Austin, and Richard Barksdale Harwell Award, Atlanta.
• Carrying the Flag
(Perseus, New York, 2003)
• In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee: From the Wilderness to Cold Harbor
(LSU Press: Baton Rouge, 2007) (with Chris Heisey, photographer)
• The Battles of Wilderness and Spotsylvania
(National Park Civil War Series: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1995).

Support for Lest We Forget has been provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Guided Tours at Memorial Hall Library

Civil War Artifacts

Led by local history librarian Kim Lynn

Take a tour of the Civil War history of Memorial Hall Library

Did you ever wonder why Andover’s library is called “Memorial Hall?”  Take a 30 minute tour and learn the history behind the building constructed to honor the town’s Civil War veterans. View the huge marble plaques inscribed with the names of those who served, as well as artifacts specific to Andover’s history in the late 1800s.

Register online or call 978-623-8401 x31.

Lest We Forget: Andover and the Civil War is a series of events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

Susan Lenoe as Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Friends of MHL present
Susan Lenoe as Harriet Beecher Stowe

May 15, 2014 at 7 pm

Dubbed “the most famous woman in America” after she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, President Lincoln called Harriet Beecher Stowe “the little lady who wrote the book that started this big war.”

Join us for the Friends’ annual meeting, where Andover storyteller, Susan Lenoe, will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, and reminisce about her role in the abolitionist movement, her family joys and trials, and her life in Andover, where she lived for twelve years.

Lest We Forget: Andover and the Civil War is a series of events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. More info at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.