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Biddeford History & Heritage Project

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Civil War

Letter from Emma Manson to Ellen Forbes, 1863

Letter from Emma Manson to Ellen Forbes, 1863

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Maine Historical Society

The Soldier Relief Society was one way in which women in the area were able to assist in the war effort. The Society sent many items to the sick and injured Maine soldiers in Washington, D.C. An article in the local newspaper stated what the Biddeford citizens gathered: "Supplies sent, 17 pairs of woolen drawers [underwear], 17 woolen shirts, 15 woolen socks, 18 handkerchiefs, 8 papers corn starch, 2 bottles of jelly, 1 bottle tamarinds [plants with a wide variety of medicinal uses, including stomach & digestive illness, fever, bacterial and other infections, and many more], books and pamphlets."

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