"Gov. John Baldacci is commemorating the firing of the first shot in the Civil War 149 years ago by unveiling a new state Web site devoted to Maine's role in the conflict.Source: "New Web Site Commemorates Maine's Role in Civil War", Maine Public Broadcasting Network, April 12, 2010.
The new site provides a "wealth of information" about Maine's role that will be expanded as the April 12, 2011 Sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaches, Baldacci says.
"Maine people should be proud of the role of the state in the effort to maintain the Union during the Civil War," the governor says in a statement. "As a student of history, I have found there is a remarkable treasure of insightful materials that have been carefully compiled for this anniversary by many dedicated historians."
The first collection of information is a list of Maine's Civil War monuments, Baldacci says. The list was compiled by Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth, who found 148 such memorials throughout the state.
Baldacci says a key reason for making the information accessible on the Internet is to encourage comments and input from the public. The bottom of the page contains the link to the materials and information about each memorial located by town."
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