about the archives
- Civil War Sesquicentennial Narratives Project
- This 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.
- Civil War Correspondence
- A brief overview of each of the major categories of Civil War correspondence.
- Listing of Civil War Photos
- About 600 photographs of Maine Civil War officers which were solicited by the Adjutant General during and immediately after the War, plus a few images of privates and non-coms which have been donate.
- Civil War Era Soldiers
- In progress - 2500 digitized images on MSL Digital Commons (listed alphabetically by soldiers last name). The Maine State Archives has almost 2500 identified images of veterans of the Civil War. Many more in our holdings have not been identified. These carte de visite (CDV) photographs were usually an albumen print mounted on a card and measured about 2 ½ wide x 4” high. First patented in 1854, these inexpensive photos became very popular during the Civil War. During that war, Maine Adjutant General John Hodsdon issued a circular requesting Maine’s officers to send in copies of their photographs. Since then, many more CDV’s have been donated to the Maine State Archives, including the Tom McDonald and the Hosmer-Low collections, as well as many individual images donated by descendants of these veterans.
- Chamberlain Letters
- List representing a summary of Joshua Chamberlain correspondence, including dates and where letters were written.
- Muster Rolls
- "Summary Unit Histories and Related Records" are finding aids for each Maine Civil War units.
- Andersonville National Cemetery
- A list of Maine soldiers buried in Andersonville National Cemetary, including soldiers rank, company and regiment.