Enos T. Luce, a lawyer and judge in Lewiston, wrote to George F. Shepley, a Portland lawyer, asking him to speak to Androscoggin County Republicans.
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, a Republican, was running for president against Democrat Horatio Seymour. Luce's letter refers to rallies the Democrats were holding and sought to engage Shepley, a popular post-war speaker, for a rally for the Republicans.
Shepley, who entered the Civil War as colonel and commander of the 12th Maine, left the war as a brigadier general who had served as military governor of Louisiana. Luce had been a lieutenant colonel in the 23rd Maine Infantry.
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