A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, from the Earliest Explorations to the Close of the Year 1900

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 572 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...enlisting in the 5th and 8th Regiments. Another full company was recruited in Buckfield for nine months' service in 1862, under Captain Charles H. Prince, which included thirty lluckfield men. The company was mustered in as Co. C, 23d Regiment, Sept. 29, 1862, and mustered out at Portland. July 15, 1863, having lost one member by d'scharge for disability and two by death. The company was employed in detail and guard duty in the vicinity of Washington, Harpers Ferry, and other places. It represented the largest number of soldiers from Buckfield in any one organization. The next largest bodies were seventeen men in the 20th Regiment in 1862, and twenty in the 5th Mounted Battery in 1864. The long continuance of the war called for a vast number of men and immense expenditure of money, which severely taxed the resources of the country; but the demands upon the Town of Buckfield were promptly and generously met. Its various quotas of soldiers, under the successive calls of the President, were promptly filled with volunteers, excepting that of 1863, when a draft was ordered. However, only one drafted man, James M. Chesley, appeared in the service from Buckfield. He was a good soldier, and the town voted him a bounty, as in case of volunteers. Two other drafted men, William V. Atwood and Richard S. Dorman, paid commutation fees of three hundred dollars each, and the following business men of the town individually contributed to the support of the war by furnishing substitutes: Nahuni Moore, Charles H. Berry. George D. Hutchinson and Josiah W. Whitten. During the progress of the war many town meetings were held to make provisions for filling quotas and appropriations for bounties, aid to soldiers' families and other expenses pertaining to military...

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