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A Dennysville Soldier at the 1864 Battle of the Crater: John P. Sheahan’s Civil War

with Dr. Jim Oberly

Free Register

Why not join Dr. Jim Oberly as he takes us back to the 1860’s to learn about John P. Sheahan who was born and raised in Dennysville, Washington County, Maine. Following his older brother William, the 20-year-old John volunteered for the Union Army in 1862 and served in the First Maine Cavalry Regiment as an enlisted trooper, and later as a commissioned officer in the 31st Maine Infantry Regiment. We will learn that during the many campaigns and battles in which he served, in fact during his entire service in the army, John kept a diary and also regularly wrote back to Dennysville giving vivid details of army life and the prospects for victory for the Union. It is these written reflections, which are part of the collections of the Maine Historical Society, that Dr. Oberly draws on to tell us about this fascinating and courageous young man, in particular sharing with us the events that took place at the 1864 Battle of the Crater.

Instructor:  Dr. Jim Oberly has taught history and historical methods classes for Sunrise Senior College since 2021. He gave a presentation to the Dennys River Historical Society in 2023 on his study of John Sheahan’s writings.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room SCI 102 and via Zoom. 

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This class is Free to Members of Sunrise Senior College if your membership is current for June 2024 to May 2025.  There is a $5.00 Administrative charge for all other MSCN Members.  The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $10.00 fee.

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, the materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

Umm Science 102 & via Zoom

July 10th, 2024
Wed from 10:00 - 11:30 am