Keywords: Camp fever
Contributed by: John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1862-12-15 Location: Sebago; Washington Media: ink on paper
Contributed by: John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1862-12-07 Location: Washington; Sebago Media: ink on paper
Alonzo Garcelon of Lewiston was a physician, politician, businessman, and civic leader when he became Maine's surgeon general during the Civil War, responsible for ensuring regiments had surgeons, for setting up a regimental hospital in Portland, and generally concerned with the well-being of Maine soldiers.
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.
Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.
… his collar bone and four ribs, which brought on a fever and further curving of his spine. One day a loud snapping noise came from his upper spine…