The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.
For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.
Imagery on letterhead soldiers used, on soldiers' memorials produced after the war, and on many other items captured the themes of the American Civil War: union, liberty, and freedom.
Poster seeking cavalry horses, Aroostook County, 1861 Contributed by Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Description A Civil War…
… Letter from Daniel Lord to his wife, July 21, 1861 Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description Daniel Lord wrote to his second…
Then in 1861, the State of Maine, which had been losing its younger population to the West, divided T15-R3 WELS (West of the Easterly Line of the…