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Elisha F. Goddard, Rumford Point, ca. 1861

Contributed by: Maine State Archives Date: circa 1861 Location: Rumford Media: Carte de visite

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William "Napoleon" Thomas, Rumford Center, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Greater Rumford Area Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Rumford Media: Photographic print

Item 99018

Lizzie Howard on wedding of former slaves, Leeds, 1864

Contributed by: Bowdoin College Library Date: 1864 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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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.


George F. Shepley: Lawyer, Soldier, Administrator

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.


Slavery's Defenders and Foes

Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Slave whip, 1864

… "Scrap & Sketch Book" drew an illustration of two slave whips and a slave being whipped. Martin, a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, wrote that he…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Atticus: A Fugitive Slave

Atticus: A Fugitive Slave In the spring of 1837, a carpenter named James Sagurs was hired by Captain Daniel Philbrook of Camden and Edward Kelleran…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Part 3, pages 38-56

… and a quite interesting discussion of a former slave who lived in Bangor and who explained to Martin and others what slavery was like, and…