Thanks Vern. I hear tell that some of the family was over your way in Blue Hill.
Sorry about the ads, but it was the only way to get a decent URL without buying a domain. Chamberlain gets a beer named after him and Rufus gets SQUAT. So I am just doing my part! Should have worked over the town to at least name a road after him when they did 911. Instead I ended up with West Main (creative, eh?).
Pretty interesting trivia.... he was on a ship ordered by Lincoln to Pensacola (told NOT to tell the navy where they were going) it was supposed to be the gunship for Ft Sumter ... they went right by when the first shots were fired. AND he was in the room at Appomattox. Pretty much the Forrest Gump of his day. Certainly makes history interesting when you can follow one person through it.
Check out http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/
and the Making of America site at UMich (my home state) for some interesting reading.