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Civil War

U.S. Grant post #143 charter, Biddeford, 1885

U.S. Grant post #143 charter, Biddeford, 1885

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McArthur Public Library

However patriotic a citizen might be, the realities of soldiering were not glamorous. A fully armed soldier carried about 7 pounds of ammunition. His cartridge box contained 40 rounds, and an additional 60 rounds might be conveyed in the pocket if an extensive battle was anticipated. The chance of surviving a wound in the Civil War days was 7 to 1.

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