Title

A special report marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and

Authors

Colin Woodward

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-2011

Pages

56-61

Abstract

A special report marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the ongoing impact of Maine's involvement in the war. At the beginning of the Civil War, Maine was politically, economically and demographically strong. During the course of the war, Maine's coastal trade and shipbuilding industries collapsed and the population actually decreased between 1860 and 1870 due to the economic crisis. By the end of the war, more than 70,000 Mainers, the highest proportion of any northern state, had enlisted and Maine had suffered the second-highest casualty rate in the north. Civil war expert Tom Desjardin said "After the war, we went from being a powerful economic and political force to a small New England state."

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