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John Martin: Expert Observer

Boy at Bangor parade, July 4, 1865

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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Boy at Bangor parade, July 4, 1865
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Description

A boy in the post Civil War July 4 parade in Bangor in 1865 is dressed in "white waste and fashionable felt & straw hat" as depicted by John Martin (1823-1904), a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper who reflected on and recorded details of his life and activities in the Bangor area in a series of journals and scrap and sketch books.

On page 105 of the "Scrap & Sketch Book" he began in 1864, Martin wrote, "Another splendid feature in the procession was the boys schools being each school in seperate companies with a regular set of captains Lieut sargents &c all boys and their music being boys with tenore drums."

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