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Contributed by: David Heath through Sebago Historical Society
Location: Westbrook; Sebago; Lynn
Media: ink on paper
Contributed by: Cary Library
Media: Ink on paper
Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.
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.
Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.
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Olin enlisted to serve in the Civil War at age 15. Several years Phebe’s junior, Olin became a distinguished Civil War soldier and ended the war six…
Many enlisted; others were drafted. Still others went to work in shipyards in Bath and South Portland and to other states.
This was called a Substitute Volunteer Enlistment. On September 5, 1864 at Auburn, eighteen year old James Skinner of Strong volunteered as a…
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