Civil War artifacts on display to commemorate battle of Gettysburg

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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.

The battle of Gettysburg claimed tens of thousands of lives and many Union regiments that fought in it were from the state of Maine.

To remember the battle there are several civil war artifacts on display at the Bangor Historical Society. That includes a sword carried by Joshua Chamberlain.

Historians say its not clear how long the Brewer native carried the sword during the war but it was at his side during the battle of Gettysburg where roughly 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded.

Markings on the sword's case show where it was hit by a bullet as Chamberlain was using it to guide his men through the heat of battle.

"The swords for commanding officers were kind of like a conducter's baton," said Dana Lippitt, who is with the Bangor Historical Society, "that's how they directed their extension of his arm so they could see through the clouds and smoke of the gun firing..they could see and hear his commands."

The sword was donated to the historical society by Chamberlian's niece Alice Farrington. You can stop by the museum on Union Street in Bangor to take a look at it. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday -- from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


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