Keywords: U.S. Army
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Contributed by: Pejepscot Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: paper over metal covered with plastic
Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Date: circa 1943
Media: monochrome photograph
Sgt. Charles Bridges of Co. B of the 2nd Maine Infantry was close to the end of his two years' enlistment in early 1863 when he took advantage of an opportunity for advancement by seeking and getting a commission as an officer in the 3rd Regiment U.S. (Colored) Volunteers.
The continuing need for large numbers of soldiers during the Civil War led the U.S. government to institute a draft and pay bounties for soldiers to enlist and for substitutes. Towns and states had quotas for enlistments.
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.