Three cemeteries -- all of which were in Westbrook during the Civil War -- contain headstones of Civil War soldiers. The inscriptions and embellishments on the stones offer insight into sentiments of the eras when the soldiers died.
Most societies have had rituals or times set aside to honor ancestors, those who have died and have paved the way for the living. Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day Americans have set aside for such remembrances.
Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.
Headstone, unknown Confederate soldier, Gray Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description In 1862 a grieving Gray family opened a…
… age of 17, according to the inscription on her headstone. He was married again in 1803 to Sarah Hill, and had seven more children, naming his…