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Brothers on opposing sides

Arthur McArthur
Portrait, Arthur McArthur, 2nd (1830-1862), by Royall Brewster Smith. On view at Cogswell's Grant in Essex, Mass.

This year is the sesquicentennial of the start of America’s Civil War, a conflict often depicted as brother fighting against brother. For the McArthur family of Limington, Maine, that is literally the case with brothers Arthur and William serving on opposite sides of the war. After graduating college, Arthur worked in the Midwest and the South and eventually ended up in Louisiana, while William remained in Limington. During the war, William participated in many battles and rose to the rank of brigadier general. Arthur, fighting for the Confederacy, died on a battlefield in Virginia on May 25, 1862, at age thirty-two.

Learn more about their story on a tour of Cogswell’s Grant in Essex, Massachusetts, where visitors see portraits of the brothers at ages six and four in the parlor chamber with three other members of the family. Cogswell’s Grant is open for tours Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Brothers on opposing sides