This seems to be the week for crazy critters in Maine.  We've had 50 spiders found in a Norway hotel room, an alleged drug dealer with a pet alligator in Skowhegan.  Now, we have statue defacing hornets in Brownfield.

For 109 years, the statue of Union soldier Daniel A. Bean has stood in a park in Brownfield, Maine.  For over a century, the statue has endured the punishing New England snow, ice, rain, and summer sun.  It has persevered through all of these hardships of nature.

However, this summer, in a situation that is the epitome of 2020, it had to deal with hornets choosing the statue as a place to build their nest..

Bald faced hornets have taken up residence on the Daniel Bean statue in Brownfield…ayup...

Posted by Susan Hays Whalen on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 

But, what about the man whom the statue memorializes?  According to Wikipedia, Daniel A. Bean was a native of Brownfield who fought and died in the American Civil War.  On November 2nd, 1861, when he was just fifteen years old, Bean joined Company A of the 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  He was wounded in a battle near Richmond, Virginia and died of his wounds at a nearby hospital.

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