Keywords: Washington, D.C.
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Contributed by: Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society
Date: circa 1958
Location: Presque Isle; Washington
Sarah Sampson of Bath went to war with her husband, a captain in the 3rd Maine Regiment. With no formal training, she spent the next four and a half years providing nursing and other services to soldiers. Even after her husband became ill and returned to Maine, Sampson remained in the Washington, D.C., area aiding the sick and wounded.
Bangor native and lawyer William S. Cohen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, only to find himself on the Judiciary Committee that was investigating President Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglary and cover-up.
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.