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.
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.
More than 9,000 Maine soldiers and sailors died during the Civil War while serving with Union forces. This exhibit tells the stories of a few of those men.