|A pen and ink sketch by Capt. Burpee of the 19th Maine Infantry is entitled
“Rebel quarters near Culpepper, Virginia now occupied by Capt. E. A.
Burpee”. The drawing is overlaid with bone trinkets and finger rings to
include two rings by an unknown member of the 2nd Maine Regiment and
two rarely surviving rings carved in the female form. Such were personal or
trade items likely cast away before battle or before returning home.
|A carved laurel root pipe by Cpl. John S. Small Co. F 2nd Maine Infantry.
Small was a twenty-eight year old mill worker from Carmel, Maine when he
enlisted in the spring of 1861. He remained with the hard fought 2nd Maine
through the battles of 1st & 2nd Bull Run, Yorktown, Hanover Court House,
Gaines’ Mill, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
Of 1,228 men at full strength only 275 souls would return to Maine for the
mustering out of the 2nd Regiment in June of 1863.
|A throwback from the Civil War winter camp days, is this
finger ring carved by a veteran at the Togus, Maine National
Veterans Home in 1892. The ring was made from the bone
of the Maine black bear “Old Dow” who served as mascot
at the veteran home. Named for Maine General, and one
time presidential candidate Neal Dow, the mascot died in
1892. This relic of the beloved “Old Dow” was preserved
by veteran Pvt. Azra B. Webber of Co. I, 29th Maine
|A sketch by Burpee depicts the 1862-1863 winter camp of the 19th
Maine Infantry at Falmouth, Virginia overlooking Fredericksburg. The
scene is overlaid with a collection of beef bone folk art trinkets the
subject and use of which was limited only by the craftsman’s imagination.