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April 15th Event Honors Maine's Important Role in American Civil War

On Friday, April 15, the Maine State Archives presented "Saving the Union: The Call for Volunteers," at the Augusta Civic Center to commemorate Maine's entry into the Civil War.

"It was on April 15, 1861 that President Abraham Lincoln asked states such as Maine to raise 75,000 volunteer soldiers to defend the Union against southern states that were seceding, primarily over the issue of slavery," said State Archivist David Cheever. "Maine answered Lincoln’s call with vigor and this event is representative of Maine's key role in the Civil War."

Photos from April 15th Event

Civil War Event

Noon Doors open
1:00 Processional:
Color guards, Reenactors, Legislators
Secretary of State, Charles E. Summers, Jr.
National Anthem
Bowdoin-Colby Chorus/National Guard Band
Charles McGillicuddy (Rev. Leonard, 3rd Maine)
Rachel Talbot Ross, Maine Chapter, NAACP
Adjutant General John “Bill” Libby
Reading: Isaac Huntoon letter, Dustin Tucker
Tenting Tonight
Bowdoin-Colby Chorus
Reading: Louise Davidson letter, Janet Mitchko
Governor Paul LePage
Benediction: Rev. Leonard
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Bowdoin-Colby Chorus


The Civil War Sesquicentennial Project highlights Maine people who lived during the Civil War. The stories draw on primary sources from the Maine State Archives and other historical societies and libraries around the state to document Maine’s experiences during the period from November 1860 through 1865.