The bond of $100 Martin had to pay would be $1,480 today. He probably could not afford it.
Martin had to wait until the last Tuesday in July when the Supreme Judicial Court met in order to have his case heard. The ledger says he was released on August 2.
But he had a second trial in October and according the the Supreme Judicial Court Record the District Attorney declined to prosecute. He was released and went back to his regiment.
This meticulous record lists each time Martin was away from his regiment and states the reason.
Daniel D Martin received a disability discharge from the army after losing his leg to amputation. He returned from Louisiana to his home in Sebago with the aid of a black man, Jacob Massa.
Diana Martin Letellier tells a family story about William Henry Martin
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Sebago Historical Society
Listen to Diana Martin Letellier discuss her great grandfather:
The transcription of Diana Martin Letellier's story:
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.
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