[Ed. – They couldn’t just write a song about L.L. Bean or something?]
The stirring anthem recorded and performed by the band The Ghost of Paul Revere tells the story of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which fought for the Union Army under General Joshua Chamberlain in the American Civil War. The regiment is best known for its brave defense of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. …
The bill to enshrine the ballad was sponsored by Rep. Scott Cuddy (D-Winterport) and passed without objection in both chambers. It did see some initial opposition in the legislature’s State and Local Government Committee, however, where two Republicans raised objections that the song’s unabashedly pro-Union message may be unfair to the South.
“I find it a little bit, we are united states, we are not Union, we are united states. And I find it just a little bit – I won’t say offensive but that’s what I mean – to say that we’re any better than the South was,” said Rep. Frances Head (R-Bethel) during a May 1st public hearing on the bill.
Maine now has a state ballad: “Ballad of the 20th Maine.” Here’s The Ghost of Paul Revere at the State House playing it for the first time as the official ballad #mepolitics @WABI_TV5 pic.twitter.com/pkGI5CW4XZ
— Paul Dwyer (@PaulDwyerTV) June 7, 2019