Diana Martin Letellier tells a family story about William Henry Martin

Contributed by Sebago Historical Society

Listen to a family story about the Civil War.


My Name is Diana Martin Letellier. This is the story my family was told over and over and over of my great grandfather William Henry Martin a resident of Sebago who was a soldier in the Civil War.

He ran away and enlisted at age 16 and while home on furlough in June of 1864 he decided to visit relatives on the Folly Road. He tried to ride up the road but it was blocked by a family living there. They were Southern sympathizers and wouldn’t let him pass and he got very upset and fired a shot at their cabin.
He was arrested, sent to Bridgton and charged with assault, then transferred to Portland jail and was there until October when the charges were dropped. Then he returned to service.

William Henry Martin was honorably discharged in 1866, came home to Sebago and married his sweetheart Caroline Davis. Before their 8th child was born he died of appendicitis at age 39. My grandfather was his fifth child and second son and I live in my grandfather’s house today.

About This Item

  • Title: Diana Martin Letellier tells a family story about William Henry Martin
  • Creator: Letellier, Diana Martin
  • Creation Date: 2012-05-18
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Sebago
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: MP3
  • Local Code: W.WHM5
  • Object Type: Sound Recording

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