Like many soldiers, Grenville F. Sparrow (1836-1907) defined his life in part through his service in the Civil War. Sparrow was 25 when he enlisted in the 17th Maine Infantry in August 1862. The regiment was involved in 30 campaigns during the war, from Fredericksburg to Appomattox.
The Maine Memory exhibit, “Capt. Grenville F. Sparrow, 17th Maine,” shares Sparrow’s story, and many of the items, now in the MHS collection, that he collected and passed down to his family. These range from clothing to Confederate currency, cartridges, photographs, certificates, a piece of hardtack, and much more.