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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