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Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Date: circa 1906
Media: print from glass plate negative
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Date: circa 1920
Media: Glass negative
Contributed by: Freeport Historical Society
Location: Freeport; Bath; New York; Hamburg
Hannah Pierce (1788-1873) of West Baldwin, who remained single, was the educated daughter of a moderately wealthy landowner and businessman. She stayed at the family farm throughout her life, operating the farm and her various investments -- always in close touch with her siblings.
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.
The son of Maine's surgeon general and nephew of a captain in the 16th Maine, Charles A. Garcelon of Lewiston served in Co. I of the 16th Maine. His letters home in the first 17 months of his service express his reflections on war and his place in it.