Keywords: Civil War monument
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Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society
Location: Presque Isle
Media: Digital photograph
Contributed by: Patten Free Library
Date: circa 1940
Location: Bath; Richmond; Frederick City
Media: black-and-white lithographed postcard
Maine supplied a huge number of soldiers to the Union Army during the Civil War -- some 700,000 -- and responded after the war by building monuments to soldiers who had served and soldiers who had died in the epic American struggle.
Three cemeteries -- all of which were in Westbrook during the Civil War -- contain headstones of Civil War soldiers. The inscriptions and embellishments on the stones offer insight into sentiments of the eras when the soldiers died.
Presque Isle had fewer than 1,000 residents in 1860, but it still felt the impact of the Civil War. About half of the town's men went off to war. Of those, a third died. The effects of the war were widespread in the small community.