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Historical Items

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Item 102299

Sumner Cobb writes from Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, 1918

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918-10-11 Location: Louisville; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 99427

K.B. Sewall on son's education, war, Mobile, 1861

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1861 Location: Easthampton; Mobile; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 99419

Kiah Sewall letter to son, daughter, Mobile, 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1850-05-19 Location: Mobile; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Online Exhibits

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A Soldier's Declaration of Independence

William Bayley of Falmouth (Portland) was a soldier in the Continental Army, seeing service at Ticonderoga, Valley Forge, Monmouth Court House, and Saratoga, among other locations. His letters home to his mother reveal much about the economic hardships experienced by both soldiers and those at home.


Lt. Charles A. Garcelon, 16th Maine

The son of Maine's surgeon general and nephew of a captain in the 16th Maine, Charles A. Garcelon of Lewiston served in Co. I of the 16th Maine. His letters home in the first 17 months of his service express his reflections on war and his place in it.


War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor

Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Sagadahoc County Courthouse

These letters give detailed description of activities, places, and people in the Civil War. For example, in his letter of May 23 ,1862, he reports…

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Western Maine Foothills Region - A Man's Life in a Suitcase

His letters reveal that he helped get in the ice for summer, wood for winter, and hay for the animals. He lived on a farm on Roxbury Road in Mexico.

My Maine Stories

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Vietnam Memoirs
by David Chessey



My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down