Keywords: First Maine Cavalry
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Contributed by: Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum
Date: circa 1800
Media: Distemper paint on silk
Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Date: circa 1890
Media: Photographic print
John P. Sheahan of Dennysville served in the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in Co. E of the 31st Maine Infantry. His letters reveal much about the life of a soldier, including political views and thoughts about the war.
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the 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.
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… Welch served in the Union Army in the First Maine Cavalry. He was a farmer before and after the war with a place at the top of True Hill in Strong.
John C. Bangs enlisted in the First Maine Cavalry in September 12, 1862. He was the son of Richard and Isabel Bangs of Strong. Mr.
He served in Company L of the First Cavalry. Edmund was wounded on August 20, 1862. He was then captured on June 24,1864, at St.