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The Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, telegraphed the Mayor of Portland to inform him that he had instructed the Quartermaster General to furnish as much aid as possible. See also the letter from the Quartermaster General in this collection.
Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland
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Stanton, Edwin M., "Telegram from E.M. Stanton, Secretary of War, to the Mayor of Portland" (1866). Relief for the Portland Sufferers : The Great Fire, 1866. 9.