Civil War post office scroll, 1862-1864

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Civil War post office scroll, 1862-1864

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Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.

The Patriotic Ball no longer exists.

Jack Bachelder, a clerk in the Utica, N.Y., post office, began the ball and scroll on April 17, 1862. The scroll contains 66 post office handstamps or manuscript signatures, 53 from Maine. It is 3 1/2 inches wide and 37 feet long.

The scroll was sent from Utica to Bangor by rail and out from there by stage. It was torn off at Rockport.

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About This Item

  • Title: Civil War post office scroll, 1862-1864
  • Creation Date: 1862–1865
  • Subject Date: 1862–1865
  • Locations:
    • South Berwick, York County, ME
    • Biddeford, York County, ME
    • Saco, York County, ME
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Brunswick, Cumberland County, ME
    • Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
    • Gardiner, Kennebec County, ME
    • Hallowell, Kennebec County, ME
    • Waterville, Kennebec County, ME
    • Skowhegan, Somerset County, ME
    • Dexter, Penobscot County, ME
    • Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, ME
    • Dover, Piscataquis County, ME
    • Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
    • Ellsworth, Hancock County, ME
    • Narraguagus, Washington County, ME
    • Columbia, Washington County, ME
    • Machias, Washington County, ME
    • East Machias, Washington County, ME
    • Dennysville, Washington County, ME
    • Pembroke, Washington County, ME
    • Eastport, Washington County, ME
    • Perry, Washington County, ME
    • North Perry, Washington County, ME
    • Robbinston, Washington County, ME
    • Red Beach, Washington County, ME
    • Calais, Washington County, ME
    • Milltown, Washington County, ME
    • Princeton, Washington County, ME
    • Topsfield, Washington County, ME
    • Jackson Brook, Washington County, ME
    • Weston, Aroostook County, ME
    • Amity, Aroostook County, ME
    • Hodgdon, Aroostook County, ME
    • North Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
    • Littleton, Aroostook County, ME
    • Monticello, Aroostook County, ME
    • Presque Isle, Aroostook County, ME
    • Fremont, Aroostook County, ME
    • Fort Fairfield, Aroostook County, ME
    • Castle Hill, Aroostook County, ME
    • Aroostook, Aroostook County, ME
    • Masardis, Aroostook County, ME
    • Patten, Penobscot County, ME
    • Lincoln, Penobscot County, ME
    • Lee, Penobscot County, ME
    • Springfield, Penobscot County, ME
    • Hudson, Penobscot County, ME
    • North Carmel, Penobscot County, ME
    • South Levant, Penobscot County, ME
    • Belfast, Waldo County, ME
    • Camden, Knox County, ME
    • Rockport, Knox County, ME
  • Media: Paper, pencil, ink
  • Dimensions: 1128 cm x 9 cm
  • Collection: Private collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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North Yarmouth Historical Society
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