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Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Central Institute
Media: ink on paper
Scarborough met every quota set by the state for supplying Civil War soldiers for Union regiments. Some of those who responded became prominent citizens of the town.
Although not everyone in town supported the war effort, more than 200 Pittsfield men served in Civil War regiments. Several reminders of their service remain in the town.
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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… Item 31138 infoMcArthur Public Library If the quotas were not fulfilled, drafts were initiated. Men with money could pay bounties so that others…
As the war progressed, cities and towns were given quotas for recruiting soldiers, either for 1 year or 3 year stints of service.
… each man who volunteered to fill Islesboro’s quota of twenty men. In total, Islesboro paid out for bounty $23,097 and furnished seventy-five men.