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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: Lewiston; Portland
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Belfast Historical Society
Date: circa 1920
Contributed by: Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
Date: circa 1870
Media: Ink on paper; photographs
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
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.