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Contributed by: Maine State Archives
Media: ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
The continuing need for large numbers of soldiers during the Civil War led the U.S. government to institute a draft and pay bounties for soldiers to enlist and for substitutes. Towns and states had quotas for enlistments.
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.
A fleet of privateers and hastily recruited soldiers failed to stop the British from occupying Majabigwaduce on Penobscot Bay in 1779. The disastrous Penobscot Expedition left the area, later known as Castine, to the British and a loyalist colony called New Ireland.
The Downeast community's history as presented by a broad-based team of representatives from Surry Elementary School and Surry Historical Society. Topics covered include the Surry Opera House and Surry Playhouse, the Surry Village School and education over time in the community, sawmills, and early property owner Phebe Fowler. Students scanned and transcribed a large number of the items digitized for the project.