Plummer to relate Civil War soldier’s personal stories


LISBON FALLS — Charles Plummer, local historian, will give a talk titled “Pvt. William Berry’s First-Person Account of His Early Life and Civil War Experiences” on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Lisbon Historical Society.

Plummer said William Berry was born in Brunswick on Oct. 18, 1841, and lived in Bangor, Lisbon Falls, Lewiston Falls, Minot Corner, Poland Corner, Welchville and Greenwood. He served with two Maine regiments during the Civil War and, following his discharge from the Army in 1865, he became a resident of Lisbon Falls, where he died on May 16, 1895, at the age of 53.

In 1872 he decided to write a detailed account of his early life and his Civil War experiences while serving with the 23rd Maine Infantry Regiment and the First Maine Heavy Artillery. He had been severely wounded in the war, and eventually applied to the War Department for a disability pension, which he received monthly until the time of his death.

Plummer has a copy of Berry’s first-person account of his early life and Civil War experiences, a copy of his discharge from the Army, as well as copies of the applications that he and his wife submitted to the War Department for pensions. He will share these and Berry’s stories during his talk.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the MTM Center, School Street. The society’s rooms are at the rear of the building, and parking is also behind the building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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