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Historical Items

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Item 51344

Robert E. Lee surrender order, 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1865-04-10 Media: Ink on paper

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Item 17379

General Robert E. Lee, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Media: Ink on paper, engraving

Item 17378

Letter from Robert E. Lee to Gen. Braxton Bragg, 1864

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

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Exhibits

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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.

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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In Canada During the Civil War

One surviving letter from the family of Francis Pratt to the young man who was in Canada in 1865 suggests that going to Canada to escape military service during the Civil War was not unheard of. The letter also suggests money was removed to Canada to protect it.