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Biddeford History & Heritage Project

Sharing the history of a proud city rising where the water falls

Civil War

Olive S. Gould, Biddeford, ca. 1865

Olive S. Gould, Biddeford, ca. 1865

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McArthur Public Library

However, Biddeford was a growing city (by 1866 the third largest in the state) and a source of manpower for the military; hundreds of Biddeford men were drafted or volunteered to serve in the war. Women and men who remained in the city started a Soldier Relief Society, and supplies were sent to sick and infirmed soldiers in Washington, D.C.

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