PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — One-hundred-and-fifty years later, a veteran from the War of 1812 is remembered.
William Blake was a resident of the town of Deering until it became part of Portland. He was called upon to defend the city from the British in 1814.
His grave in Portland's Grand Trunk Cemetery, behind Presumpscot Elementary School, was unidentified until Sunday when a new marker was placed at the site. It's part of a project to restore the cemetery that began six years ago with a group of girl scouts.
“Coming back reminds me of all the work that I did and how I'm still here even though I'm not as hands on as I was,” said Samantha Allshouse, who together with a friend helped restore and research the cemetery to make it what it is today.
The pair even scooped glass out of the ground and put it in bags to clean up the dirt near the cemetery plots.
Local researcher Larry Glatz said there could be more graves to be identified at the Grand Trunk site, and hundreds more to be matched to names across the state.
“There are literally 120 veterans in a cemetery on the site of a battlefield on the site where a battle was fought in Maine who are not memorialized," he said. "So that's another big project that I hope someone will take on."
That battlefield is located in Hampden and is the only spot a battle was fought in Maine during the War of 1812.