Contributed by: John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1862-05-06 Location: Sebago; Washington Media: ink on paper
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.
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.
… pants a fine cotton shirt with linen dickey a knapsack empty and a pair of fine calf boots with either white silk or white cotton gloves with red…
We rolled up our blankets, strapped on our knapsacks, shouldered our rifles and started on. After marching about 12 miles in a drenching rain, we…