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Rebecca Usher, Civil War Nurse

Call to arms, Portland, 1861

Call to arms, Portland, 1861

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Maine Historical Society

Lincoln's call to arms in 1861 aroused the passions of men and women alike. Resolved to protect the Union, vast numbers of men shipped off to battle.

Left on the home front, women assumed many new responsibilities. They went to work in factories, took over the duties of the family business, and began organizing relief efforts.


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