George Shepley: Lawyer, Soldier, Administrator

78948Our country is in the midst of a four-year sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. Mainers are particularly focused on 2013 because 150 years ago this July was the iconic Battle of Gettysburg, during which Maine’s own Joshua Chamberlain, and the men he led, made history at Little Round Top.

Plenty of other Mainers made their mark in significant ways during the War, including the subject of the new online exhibit, George Shepley: Lawyer, Soldier, Administrator, created by Maine Memory Network Curator Candace Kanes.

Portland resident George Shepley achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42, he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. He became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.

The document-rich exhibit includes nine separate slideshows of Shepley’s role in the war, including military issues, requests from and about soliders, Louisiana and Maine politics, slavery, and Shepley’s post-war life.

Meanwhile, there’s much more to come on the Civil War throughout the year–including a day-long symposium on April 27 (details below) and This Rebellion, a new MHS museum exhibit opening on June 28.

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