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Historical Items

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Item 23375

17th Maine Regiment Band, Virginia, ca. 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1864 Media: Photographic print

Item 48480

Verrill Grand Army of the Republic hat, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Media: Wool, brass, leather

Item 48483

17th Maine badge, ca. 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1862 Media: Silk, paint, metal

Online Exhibits

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Capt. Grenville F. Sparrow, 17th Maine

Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.


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.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.