Keywords: Army physicians
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Contributed by: Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Bethel Historical Society
Date: circa 1863
Location: Washington; New York
Media: Photographic print
Alonzo Garcelon of Lewiston was a physician, politician, businessman, and civic leader when he became Maine's surgeon general during the Civil War, responsible for ensuring regiments had surgeons, for setting up a regimental hospital in Portland, and generally concerned with the well-being of Maine soldiers.
John P. Sheahan of Dennysville served in the 1st Maine Cavalry from August 1862 until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in Co. E of the 31st Maine Infantry. His letters reveal much about the life of a soldier, including political views and thoughts about the war.
Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.
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His daughter Lelia Higgins, also a physician. lived and practiced here. The home was purchased in 1901 by Dr. Charles W. Bell.
He moved his practice to Farmington after 40 years of service in Strong. As a physician and surgeon, he was loved and respected by all.
… Society A Legendary Doctor After Strong’s first physician, Dr. John Cottle, retired in 1816, a series of doctors worked in the town.