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Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860

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Soldier, Bangor, ca. 1860
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John Martin (1823-1904), a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, who began in 1864 writing and illustrating journals and scrapbooks about his life and experiences, drew this solider -- as people thought of soldiers "in the free states" before 1861 when the Civil War began.

Martin, on page 114 of the "Scrap & Sketch Book" that he began in 1864, described the soldier as wearing "a bear skin cap a fine red broad cloth coat a pair of fine black broad cloth pants a fine cotton shirt with linen dickey a knapsack empty and a pair of fine calf boots with either white silk or white cotton gloves with red stripes on the pants."

Below that on the page, he drew a soldier as "a million of men" discovered one to look like from 1861 to 1866.

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