Statistics for occurrence #1 of “state of Maine” in chapter 7 of Historic leaves, volume 4, April, 1905 - January, 1906:

... myself, this witching hour of night is a proper time for me to ask Levi what prompted or induced him to enter the service. You, an only son, left a delightful, happy home,—I simply left the state of Maine . Why did you enlist in the military service? After an hour's friendly chat, I think the colonel retired in the firm conviction that I had a valid reason for connecting myself as sergeant in compa...
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