Keywords: The Shepley
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1907 Location: Portland Client: unknown Architect: Frederick A. Tompson
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1923 Location: Portland Client: The Portland Club Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
Imagery on letterhead soldiers used, on soldiers' memorials produced after the war, and on many other items captured the themes of the American Civil War: union, liberty, and freedom.
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.