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Historical Items

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Item 28471

William Henry Fogg Civil War Reminiscences, Bath, 1888

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: circa 1888 Location: Bath; Richmond Media: Ink on paper

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Item 33532

Charles A. Boutelle, Washington, D.C., 1898

Contributed by: Bangor Public Library Date: 1898 Location: Washington Media: Stereograph

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Union Civil War money, ca. 1863

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1863 Media: Copper, metal

Online Exhibits

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Commander George Henry Preble

George Henry Preble of Portland, nephew of Edward Preble who was known as the father of the U.S. Navy, temporarily lost his command during the Civil War when he was charged with failing to stop a Confederate ship from getting through the Union blockade at Mobile.


Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.


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.

Site Pages

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Civil War

Some island men went into the infantry or Navy. Others, John Gilley of Beech Hill among them, joined the First Maine Cavalry. John did not survive.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Shipbuilding During and after the Civil War - 1861 to 1900

… in Thomaston during 1861 to serve in the US Navy. In the following year, only two ships were produced, one appropriately named “General McLellan,”…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - U.S. Flagship Hartford

… I am writing to inform you that I have joined the Navy. I am on The Gunboat Kennebec currently off the coast of Mississippi.

My Maine Stories

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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