Civil War shell relics, ca. 1864Item 83697 info
Maine Historical Society
Wartime experiences so affected the soldiers, nurses, and others that they sought ways to remember.
Relics picked up on a battlefield may have had particular meanings since lost to descendants who, nevertheless, saved the artifacts.
Grenville Sparrow of Portland, who served at ranks from sergeant to captain in Co. A of the 17th Maine Infantry, collected these shell relics from battlefields during the war.