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Lieut. Col. John F. Godfrey, Bangor, 1863

Contributed by: Bangor Public Library Date: 1863 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

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View from Little Roundtop, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Gettysburg Media: Photographic print

Item 52774

Leonard Valentine letter from Virginia, 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1863 Media: Ink on paper

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Lt. Charles Bridges: Getting Ahead in the Army

Sgt. Charles Bridges of Co. B of the 2nd Maine Infantry was close to the end of his two years' enlistment in early 1863 when he took advantage of an opportunity for advancement by seeking and getting a commission as an officer in the 3rd Regiment U.S. (Colored) Volunteers.


We Used to be "Normal": A History of F.S.N.S.

Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.


Patriotic Imagery: 1861-1880

Imagery on letterhead soldiers used, on soldiers' memorials produced after the war, and on many other items captured the themes of the American Civil War: union, liberty, and freedom.

Site Pages

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Maine and the Civil War - Bluehill Academy Journal, 1863

Bluehill Academy Journal, 1863 Contributed by Blue Hill Public Library Description Written during the Civil War by students at Bluehill…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 - Page 1 of 4

Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description This simple, plain white, unadorned organdy summer…

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… Historical Society George Stetson Porter (1863-1946), the son of Jeremy W. and Rachel Hunter Porter, was born and raised in Strong, in the home…

My Maine Stories

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Rev James Wells Appointment as Chaplain for Maine in Civil War
by David Woodward

Certificate for Rev. Wells commissioned by Gov. Israel Washburn Jr. to serve in Maine 11th Regiment

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow Studies: "Christmas Bells"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
The words of this poem are more commonly known as the lyrics to a popular Christmas Carol of the same title. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" in December of 1863 as the Civil War raged. It expresses his perpetual optimism and hope for the future of mankind. The poem's lively rhythm, simple rhyme and upbeat refrain have assured its popularity through the years.

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Longfellow Studies: "The Poet's Tale - The Birds of Killingworth"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Science & Engineering, Social Studies
This poem is one of the numerous tales in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of the Wayside Inn. The collection was published in three parts between 1863 and 1873. This series of long narrative poems were written by Longfellow during the most difficult personal time of his life. While mourning the tragic death of his second wife (Fanny Appleton Longfellow) he produced this ambitious undertaking. During this same period he translated Dante's Inferno from Italian to English. "The Poet's Tale" is a humorous poem with a strong environmental message which reflects Longfellow's Unitarian outlook on life.