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Military Involvement

Clark S. Edwards, Bethel, ca. 1890

Clark S. Edwards, Bethel, ca. 1890

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Bethel Historical Society

A number of Bethel men led companies or received high ranks in the Civil War.

Capt. Clark S. Edwards led Co. I of the 5th Maine.

Edwards was promoted to brigadier general in 1864 after his dedicated service at the Battle of Gettysburg.

He was the Democratic candidate for Maine governor in 1886.

Capt. W. Robinson O'Neil Jr. of Bethel commanded the 4th Battery Mounted Artillery. He died during the war.

Capt. Adelbert B. Twitchell of Bethel headed the 7th Battery Mounted Artillery when it was formed in 1863.

Gideon A. Hastings was promoted to major in the 12th Maine Regiment, where he served from October 1861 to April 1866.


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