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Military Involvement

Civil War bullet, Bethel, ca. 1860

Civil War bullet, Bethel, ca. 1860

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Bethel Historical Society

By Maddie Simard

When the Civil War broke out, there was one military unit in Oxford County: the Norway Light Infantry.

As a result, when Maine troops were first mobilized, Bethel sent out eight "fine, athletic, noble looking fellows" to the Norway unit.

Not long after the first call, President Lincoln issued a second appeal for 300,000 men for three years.

Forty men from Bethel enlisted this time, joining the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry as Company I.


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