PALERMO — Tracing the experience of a Civil War soldier will be the topic at Palermo Historical Society’s 7 p.m. meeting March 26 at the Worthing House, 54 North Palermo Road.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have diaries, letters or other personal mementos from their ancestors. Fortunately, with a topic such as the Civil War, the multitude of books and papers written on the subject affords one the opportunity to learn about their ancestor’s experiences. Jason Libby will deliver a presentation “Tracing the Experiences of a Civil War Soldier from Jefferson: Sgt. Eugene R. Jackson of the 20th Maine Infantry.” Jackson enlisted in the 20th Maine in August 1862, fought in many of the major engagements including Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and multiple battles of the Petersburg Campaign. He was captured in December 1864 and was a POW in Richmond, Va., and was released shortly before the end of the war.

Using muster rolls, information about the storied regiment and other materials, Libby, a great-great-great grandson of Jackson, will also use his ancestor as a model for discussing the various experiences a Maine native had during and following the Civil War. Libby is the executive director of a historic preservation nonprofit.

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