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Sanitary Commission festival poster, Wiscasset, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

The Sanitary Commission, an organization formed to aid soldiers, especially those in hospitals, held a Thanksgiving music festival in Wiscasset in November 1863 to raise funds for its work.

Private donations were important to supply soldiers with needed clothing, food, and other items, and to support hospitals.

In addition, the State of Maine contributed about $740,000 during the war for hospital stores and other necessary relief items for soldiers. The state also spent near $2 million on aid to families of soldiers.

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  • Title: Sanitary Commission festival poster, Wiscasset, 1863
  • Creation Date: 1863
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Town: Wiscasset
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Letterpress on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 45.7 x 30.5
  • Local Code: Coll. 463, 90 OS
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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