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Thomas A. Hill House
159 Union Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
The Thomas A. Hill House is on the corner of Union and High Streets
Civil War Diary of Mellen C. Peirce
The year was 1863, and Mellen Peirce was 15 years old when he left Bangor for the battlefields of Virginia. There he worked as a clerk in the Quartermaster's Department and kept a diary, which he expanded further upon his return home. His diary, now part of the BMHC collection, gives the perspective of a privileged young man contributing to the war effort as a civilian.
Mellen's handwriting was good, so some readers may choose to read the scans of his diary. We have also included a transcription for easier reading. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Civil War quartermasters and the crucial business of supplying the troops.
$5, shipping extra. Call us at (207) 942-1900 to order yours today!
Civil War Cooking
Cooking up Bangor’s past…today!
In December 1864 members of the Bangor Sanitary Commission held a fair
raising funds to support Maine troops on the Civil War battlefields.
One commission member recorded the recipes sold at the fair. Her small,
nondescript book was all but forgotten and 103 years later donated anonymously
to the Bangor Historical Society.
Updated (and taste-tested!) to reflect ingredients available today, that rare
culinary treasure from the Museum collections is available to you!
$15.00 includes a commemorative museum wooden spoon.
Ships in USPS flat rate envelope.
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