Keywords: Confederate uniforms
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.
Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.
Instead they found the body of a stranger, a confederate soldier in uniform. The gravestone reads, "Stranger, A soldier of the late war died 1862…
… States military and even a few who served in the Confederate Army, we realized that the Civil War had a dramatic effect on the people of our area.