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Historical Items

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Item 84451

George H. Libby knapsack, ca. 1861

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1861 Media: Leather, cloth, metal

Item 79384

Clothing equipage return, Augusta, 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1863-08-24 Location: Augusta Media: Ink on paper

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Item 68015

Witham letter urging Charles Cole to join army, 1862

Contributed by: John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society Date: 1862-05-06 Location: Sebago; Washington Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil 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.


For the Union: Civil War Deaths

More than 9,000 Maine soldiers and sailors died during the Civil War while serving with Union forces. This exhibit tells the stories of a few of those men.


Home Ties: Sebago During the Civil War

Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860

… pants a fine cotton shirt with linen dickey a knapsack empty and a pair of fine calf boots with either white silk or white cotton gloves with red…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Emerson Letter

We rolled up our blankets, strapped on our knapsacks, shouldered our rifles and started on. After marching about 12 miles in a drenching rain, we…