Keywords: Typhoid fever
Contributed by: John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1862-12-15 Location: Sebago; Washington Media: ink on paper
Alonzo Garcelon of Lewiston was a physician, politician, businessman, and civic leader when he became Maine's surgeon general during the Civil War, responsible for ensuring regiments had surgeons, for setting up a regimental hospital in Portland, and generally concerned with the well-being of Maine soldiers.
Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.
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.
… child of John and Clara Martin of Bangor, died of typhoid fever on March 25, 1899. Her brother Frank died shortly after birth in 1862, brother…