Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1785-05-26 Location: Hartford; Boston Media: Ink on paper
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.
Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.
Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.
… of the 4th Maine Infantry in the War of the Rebellion. Union, Maine: Union Publishing Company, 1998. Print. Illustrated Atlas of the Civil War.
… in light of the shockwaves caused by Shays' Rebellion and other rural uprisings throughout New England.