PARIS – Members of Joshua L. Chamberlain Camp 69 in South Paris are reaching out to men who are interested in their heritage and ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

Those interested can join by lineal (grandfather) or collateral lineage (uncle). Those who do not have either of the above may join as an associate. There are camps in Bangor, Waterville, Bath and Yarmouth as well as South Paris. The South Paris camp meets the first Monday of the month except January and February.

The purpose and object is “to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and the men who saved the Union 1861-1865; to assist in every measurable way in the preservation and making available for research of documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).”

Members lay wreaths and put out flags on graves of Civil War veterans on Memorial Day as well as interact with other veterans’ groups during the Memorial Day parade.

The camp is always looking for new members. Those interested can contact Otis Evans, 348 Coldwater Brook Rd., Oxford, ME 04270 or phone 743-7085; or Ken Butterfield, 97 High St., South Paris, ME 04281, phone 743-5677 or e-mail [email protected]

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