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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1863
Media: Steel, brass
Contributed by: Colby College Special Collections
Date: circa 1860
Media: metal, leather
Lt. William Burrows and Commander Samuel Blyth, commanders of the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer, led their ships and crews in Battle in Muscongus Bay on Sept. 5, 1813. The American ship was victorious, but both captains were killed. Portland staged a large and regal joint burial.
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.
Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.
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His single-breasted frock coat was standard issue for Union lieutenants and captains. He holds a sword, one of several that we know he owned.
… quality & their caps beaver plush their arms swords and every member wore a scarlet sash." The illustration and details appear on page 25 of his…
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