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Historical Items

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Item 35828

Marshall Phillips letter about Cold Harbor, 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1864 Media: Pencil on paper

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W.B. Adams from Cold Harbor, Va., 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1864 Location: Cold Harbor Media: Ink on paper

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Item 100456

Daniel H. Merrill, Scarborough, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Scarborough Historical Society & Museum Date: circa 1910 Location: Scarborough Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Meshach P. Larry: Civil War Letters

Meshach P. Larry, a Windham blacksmith, joined Maine's 17th Regiment Company H on August 18, 1862. Larry and his sister, Phebe, wrote to each other frequently during the Civil War, and his letters paint a vivid picture of the life of a soldier.


This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War

For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.


Rumford's Notable Citizens in the Civil War

A number of Rumford area residents played important roles during the Civil War -- and in the community afterwards. Among these are William King Kimball, who commanded the 12th Maine for much of the war.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Depression, War, and Fire

"A cold front brought a wind shift, and gales drove the fire toward Bar Harbor, where it burned almost the whole village."

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and the Civil War

"Throughout the war overcrowding, disease, and hunger plagued the prisoners. Andersonville Prison Above is a sketch of Andersonville Prison as it…"

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Lincoln, Maine - Jonathan Clay Jr.

"Maybe if he wouldn’t have gone to war and people from Lincoln didn’t fight in the war, the war could have been fought here."

My Maine Stories

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The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.


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


August 12, 1967 was the most significant day of my life
by Bob Small

How the Vietnam war affected my life