Keywords: 20th Maine (1862-1865)--Photographs
The War was not going well for the Union and in the summer of 1862, when President Lincoln called for an additional 300,000 troops, it was not a surprise to see so many men enlist in an attempt to bring proper leadership into the Army.
Like many towns, Bethel responded to the Civil War by sending many soldiers and those at the homefront sent aid and supported families. The town grew during the war, but suffered after its end.
At the turn of the 20th century, Postmaster Nelson Walker was also the town’s undertaker. At that time, licensing and embalming were not required…