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Historical Items

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Item 105860

Pvt. Charles Rountree, North Yarmouth, 1942

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1942 Location: North Yarmouth Media: Photographic print

Item 105854

Robert Holley, North Yarmouth, 1942

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1942 Location: North Yarmouth Media: Photographic print

Item 18993

Pfc. Leonard Parks, North Yarmouth, 1942

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1942 Location: North Yarmouth Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Guarding Maine Rail Lines

Black soldiers served in Maine during World War II, assigned in small numbers throughout the state to guard Grand Trunk rail lines from a possible German attack. The soldiers, who lived in railroad cars near their posts often interacted with local residents.

Exhibit

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.

Exhibit

Home Ties: Sebago During the Civil War

Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Co. B, Maine State Guard member, Bangor, 1864

Martin wrote, "Co B State guard black pants blue Broad cloth frock coat & a United States cap J R Richr Capt R L Morrison Lieut." View additional…

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Lubec, Maine - The Lighthouse at West Quoddy Head

Coast Guard, Yeaton later became known as the "Father of the Coast Guard." Yeaton, friend and companion to Allan, retired in 1798 to his North Lubec…

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Lincoln, Maine - Railroads

… out to the Army to house black soldiers who guarded the rail during that time. Also, a used boxcar was once used as a jail when the police were in…

My Maine Stories

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Story

A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down