Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.
Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.
… 1871 drilling with the Jameson Guards, a state militia group. Junior Martin's father, John Martin (1823-1904) drew three illustrations of his son…
He served in at least three different groups while in the militia, and family lore says he was active in the capture of the British vessel Margaretta.