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Item 16101

John Neal letter to Elizabeth Oakes Smith, 1856

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1856 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16102

John Neal letter concerning son's death, 1856

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1856 Media: Ink on paper

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Item 31813

John C. Sherman discharge paper, Biddeford, 1893

Contributed by: Biddeford Historical Society Date: 1893-03-31 Location: Portland; Biddeford; Pembroke Media: Ink on paper

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Belfast During the Civil War: The Home Front

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.


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.


John P. Sheahan, 1st Maine Cavalry, 31st Maine Infantry

John P. Sheahan of Dennysville served in the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in Co. E of the 31st Maine Infantry. His letters reveal much about the life of a soldier, including political views and thoughts about the war.

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Tate House Museum

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My Maine Stories

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Nemo's Nightmare of World War I
by Mike and Bryan Luciano

Franklyn J. "Nemo" Burbank of Livermore Falls was our ancestor who fought in World War I.


August 12, 1967 was the most significant day of my life
by Bob Small

How the Vietnam war affected my life


How 20 years in the Navy turned me into an active volunteer
by Joy Asuncion

My service didn't end when I retired from the Navy