Keywords: Mercantile institutions
George F. Shepley of Portland had achieved renown as a lawyer and as U.S. Attorney for Maine when, at age 42 he formed the 12th Maine Infantry and went off to war. Shepley became military governor of Louisiana early in 1862 and remained in the military for the duration of the war.
… of it soil, its varied mechanical industries, its mercantile and professional pursuits, and also consider the fact that it has been the shire town…
… one of these towns is well supplied with handsome mercantile blocks, with banks, electric lights, water systems equal to the best, and sewerage…