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Item 85610

Oriental Powder Mills gunpowder keg, Gorham and Windham, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Windham Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Windham; Gorham Media: Wood

Item 98438

Gunpowder canister, Gorham and Windham, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Gorham Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Gorham; Windham Media: Tin, paint, paper

Item 99277

William H. Jackson letter requesting employee exemption from Civil War draft, 1862

Contributed by: Maine State Archives Date: 1862-09-02 Location: Windham; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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Gunpowder for the Civil War

The gunpowder mills at Gambo Falls in Windham and Gorham produced about a quarter of the gunpowder used by Union forces during the Civil War. The complex contained as many as 50 buildings.

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Father Rasles, the Indians and the English

Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.

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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.

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Gorham Historical Society

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Henry Knox: The Funeral

… black gowns, black bonnets, black ribbon and gunpowder. On November 2nd Dunton recorded charges for several yards of black gauze, black silk, black…

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Windham Historical Society

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