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, February 18, at 2:00 pm, is part of the Camden Public Library’s joint effort with the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, the Winter History Series.
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 mid-coast — 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. These include bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Council Reports, election returns, deeds to and from the State of Maine, maps from the Land Office, vital statistics prior to 1892, federal census records from Maine up to 1930, county court records dating back to the 1639, and military records through World War I, to list a few.