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Item 81814

Biddeford Light Infantry Grand Masquerade Ball ticket, Biddeford, 1877

Contributed by: Maine Irish Heritage Center Date: 1877-12-24 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

Item 36515

Letter concerning extinguishing Wood Island Light, 1814

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1814-09-10 Location: Biddeford Media: Ink on paper

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The Sanitary Commission: Meeting Needs of Soldiers, Families

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.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.