AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --The Maine State Archives is observing the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of the Civil War by publishing hundreds of stories about the conflict. The stories examine Maine's prominent role in America's bloodiest conflict.
"Mainers were everywhere," says David Cheever Maine's State Archivist.
The Archive's Civil War Susquicentennial Narratives Project has already published two hundred stories. Its examination began with the election of Abraham Lincoln in November of 1860. As every Mainer knows, Lincoln's first Vice-President was Hannibal Hamlin of Maine.
Lincoln got his second highest percentage of the popular vote in Maine. Maine sent eleven percent of its population to fight in the war. Fifty-six thousand served in the Army. Fourteen thousand were in the Navy. Of the 70,000 who served in the Union Army, 9393 died. Thirty-two thousand are not buried in Maine which means they were either killed out of state or moved on after the war. These numbers represent the dramatic drain on the state.