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Item 83658

Soldier's cartridge box, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Media: Leather, metal, brass, paint

Item 31879

Civil War Cartridge Box owned by Luther Lawrence, ca. 1862

Contributed by: North Yarmouth Historical Society Date: circa 1862 Location: Deep Bottom Media: leather, bronze, tin

Item 54444

W.B. Adams letter about march, Virginia, 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1863 Location: White Oak Church Media: Ink on paper

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Capt. Grenville F. Sparrow, 17th Maine

Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.


This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War

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.

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Luther Lawrence: A Soldier's Accoutrements

Inside the box were two tin liners which held cartridges—paper tubes filled with “Minié balls (bullets) and black powder.

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Civil War

His cartridge box contained 40 rounds, and an additional 60 rounds might be conveyed in the pocket if an extensive battle was anticipated.