Rummaging through Maine’s familiar Civil War

Feb 12, 2018

Camden — Maine State Archivist Dave Cheever will present “Go Figure: Rummaging Through Maine’s Familiar Civil War.” He will present curious and little-known facts and features of some of Maine’s extraordinary, and simply ordinary, Civil War efforts. The talk on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., is part of the Camden Public Library’s joint effort with the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, the Winter History Series. The Camden Public Library is at 55 Maine St., Camden.

Dave Cheever reports, “On the military side, a local guy (Rockland) was one of the elites — a sharpshooter in the U.S. 2nd Regiment. These were the original snipers, guys who were extraordinarily lethal. It was a real challenge to make it into the unit — one needed “special skills” — and Maine men were quite adept.

“On the home front, one of the major suppliers of tents for Maine troops was a guy from Camden. His is an interesting story that opens up the domestic side of the war and what it meant for the home folks. The 4th Maine — which was all Midcoast — is another treasure trove of stories of military importance — and medical significance, too. I have access to so much first person and second person accounts that connecting the dots is a snap!”

The Maine State Archives, a bureau within the Department of Secretary of State, maintains approximately 95 million pages of official state records considered to be permanently valuable.

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