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Historical Items

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Item 4254

Libby Prison cane, 1893

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1893 Media: Wood, metal, brass

Item 72855

George Varney letter from Libby Prison, 1862

Contributed by: Bangor Historical Society Date: 1862-06-30 Location: Leesburg Media: Paper

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View of Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Location: Richmond Media: Stereograph


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Prisoners of War

Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.


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.


Scarborough: They Answered the Call

Scarborough met every quota set by the state for supplying Civil War soldiers for Union regiments. Some of those who responded became prominent citizens of the town.

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Lincoln, Maine - Thomas G. Libby

Libby was born on March 24, 1848, in Lincoln. His family founded Lincoln, Maine. Thomas Libby was part of the Congregational Church.

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - A Murder In Strong

… September 14, 1862, nine year old Lura Vellie Libby, daughter of Isaac and Susan Libby, left on-foot from her family farm northwest of the village…

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and the Civil War Resources

Zombek, Angela M. "Libby Prison." Encyclopedia Virginia. Brendan Wolfe, ed. 5 Apr. 2011. Web. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. 7 Jun. 2012.