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Graves of the Captains, 1876

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Graves of the Captains, 1876 / Maine Historical Society

Edwards writes, "On September 7, after the arrival of the Enterprise at Portland with her prize, the bodies of the two commanders were brought on shore in ten-oared barges, rowed at minute strokes by masters of ships, and accompanied by a procession of almost all the barges and boats in the harbor. Minute guns were fired from the vessels, the same military ceremony was performed over each body, and the procession moved through the streets, preceded by the selectmen and municipal officers, and guarded by the officers and crew of the Enterprise and the Boxer. The funeral was attended with all the honours that the civil and military authorities of the place, and the great body of people could bestow. The whole scene was strikingly impressive. The bells were tolled, and the two companies of artillery fired minute guns, which were repeated from forts Preble and Scammel."

The bodies of the young officers, as well as that of Lieutenant Kerwin Waters, were buried side by side in Eastern Cemetery. One can see the tranquil bay barely visible
half way up the right edge of the painting.


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