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Camden Rebels Part 2 

In the first segment, we told you about the terrible defeat delivered by the British Navy to an american fleet on the Penobscot River during the Revolution.

Hundreds of patriots were killed or wounded in that battle in 1779. It turns out the survivors had a specific destination: Camden.

Alan Grover has new evidence of Camden’s patriotic past.

WHILE DOING RESEARCH ON THE DISASTROUS PENOBSCOT EXPEDITION, HISTORIAN CAROL FISHER AND HER COLLEAGUES CAME UPON AN INTERESTING FACT. THE SURVIVORS ALL WANTED TO GET TO CAMDEN. THOSE INCLUDED THE WOUNDED AMERICANS THAT JOHN BREWER SHELTERED IN HIS HOME THAT STILL STANDS IN THE CITY THAT BEARS HIS NAME. IT APPEARS THE PATRIOTS CONSIDERED CAMDEN THE AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS ON PENOBSCOT BAY.

&quot:THEY KNEW BY WORD OF MOUTH, AND ALSO BY JOHN BREWER, WHERE THE SAFEST AREAS WOULD BE. AND THIS AREA, EVEN THOUGH IT RECEIVED REPEATED BURNINGS BY THE BRITISH, AT LEAST THIS WAS THE SYMPATHETIC SIDE.&quot:

IT WAS A FOUR-DAY TREK THROUGH THE WILDERNESS TO GET TO CAMDEN FROM THE PENOBSCOT. HUNDREDS OF PATRIOTS SET OUT ON THE JOURNEY, ALONG WITH LOCAL CIVILIANS, WHOSE HOMES WERE AT THE MERCY OF THE ENEMY.

&quot:MANY OF THEM DIED IN THE WOODS. THEY DID NOT KNOW WHERE THEY WERE, AND DIED, AS WE KNOW, WHEN YOU GO INTO THE WOODS AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING, IT’S DANGEROUS. THIS WAS THE SUMMER. AND MANY YEARS AFTERWARDS, THEIR BONES AND THEIR ARTIFACTS WERE FOUND UP AND DOWN THE PENOBSCOT BAY AND PENOBSCOT RIVER.&quot:

FISHER SAYS THE LUCKY ONES ENDED UP HERE, AT A 235 YEAR OLD BARN THAT STILL STANDS, OFF THE OLD COUNTY ROAD, IN PRESENT DAY ROCKPORT. THE BARN BECAME A HEADQUARTERS FOR PATRIOTS WHO MANNED A CRUDE FORT, NEAR THE CURRENT SITE OF PEN-BAY MEDICAL CENTER.

&quot:THESE TWO CANNONBALLS WERE DISCOVERED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2006, JUST A FEW FEET AWAY HERE ON THE GREGORY PROPERTY. THE LARGER ONE IS ABOUT TEN POUNDS. YOU CAN SEE THE SPREW AND THE MOLD MARK. THIS SMALLER ONE, WHICH HAS AN OXIDATION COVERING HERE, IS FROM A FRENCH FIELD FOUR.&quot:

&quot:THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THE SITE, RIGHT IN HERE, OF POSSIBLY THE ARSENAL TO FORT PINE HILL. AND IN APRIL OF 1780, THE BRITISH SURPRISED THE COLONIALS, AND BLEW THIS SITE UP AT NIGHT. AND TO THIS DAY, WE CAN STILL SEE THE REMNANTS OF SHARDS OF ROCK ALL OVER PINE HILL.&quot:

HISTORIC EVENTS BURIED BENEATH SEDIMENTS OF TIME.

FISHER AND HER COLLEAGUES ARE NOW ORGANIZING AN OFFICIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE ENTIRE AREA. WE’LL KEEP YOU INFORMED ABOUT WHAT THEY FIND.