AUGUSTA — A Civil-war-era ledger book from Mattawamkeag in Penobscot County is back in Maine.

The Maine State Archives says the book, which is now in its possession, shows how much aid was given to soldiers and their families in Mattawamkeag during and after the war. It details the cost at the time of things like shoes, molasses and tobacco.

Officials say the ledger lists the names of 19 families, including several Civil War veterans. Some of the family names in the book are still listed among the 700 residents of the town.

A staff member at the Archives saw the book on eBay. The Archives contacted the seller, who lives in Missouri and she agreed to send it back to Maine at no charge.

The Archives plan to scan the book and keep an electronic copy so the public can see it. The original ledger will be sent back to the Mattawamkeag.

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