Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1921-02-01 Location: Portland; New York Media: Ink on Paper
Rebecca Usher of Hollis was 41 and single when she joined the Union nursing service at the U.S. General Hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania. Her time there and later at City Point, Virginia, were defining experiences of her life.
Like many towns, Bethel responded to the Civil War by sending many soldiers and those at the homefront sent aid and supported families. The town grew during the war, but suffered after its end.
Maine supplied a huge number of soldiers to the Union Army during the Civil War -- some 70,000 -- and responded after the war by building monuments to soldiers who had served and soldiers who had died in the epic American struggle.
In 1905, this operation suffered a major strike. Workers demanded a shortened day (eight hours from nine) and a raise from two to three dollars a day.
… stone blocks and machinery, many of the men suffered from silicasis, a chronic lung disease common in people who breath stone dust.?(Wedin.