HEBRON — Historian Ben Conant recently spoke to the Hebron Historical Society on local participation in the Civil War. Numerous residents enlisted to serve in several different regiments, most notably the 5th, 16th and 32nd.

Ten from the town were assigned to the 5th. When the terms of some regiments ended many soldiers reenlisted in a different regiment. In some cases soldiers signed up in different locations as each town had its own quota to fill. Several Hebron men, for example, joined the war effort from Mechanic Falls, where their names are engraved in a war memorial there.

One of the more notable town soldiers was Charles George, who was wounded in battle in 1862 but lived to be 105 years old. The Society maintains extensive records of families of Hebron residents who served in the Civil War.

The next meeting and presentation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Town Office, 351 Paris Road. Jean Hankins of Otisfield will speak on her award-winning article, “A Cage For John Sawyer: The Poor of Otisfield.” This describes how small towns handled the poor in the early 1800s. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


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