OF BIDDEFORD AND SACO
Men who served in the Civil War and who still uphold
the banners of the Grand Army of the Republic as mem-
bers of the posts in Biddeford and Saco, make a roll of
honor which is of particular interest in connection with the
observance of Memorial Day in the two cities.
The list of the men now living has been compiled as follows:
Peter Brackett, born Mar 4, 1838. Enlisted in Co. B, Apr 1861, in 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry. First discharged Feb, 1864. Re-enlisted. Finally discharged June, 1865.
Fred G. Scott, born Apr 12, 1850. Enlisted in Co. K, 32nd Maine Infantry, in Mar, 1864. Discharged Dec, 1865.
Charles H. Townsend, born Dec 9, 1846. Enlisted in Co. E, 12th Maine Reg Volunteer Infantry, in 1864. Discharged Apr, 1866.
Nahum Pillsbury, born Oct 1, 1843. Enlisted in Co. I, 17th Maine Reg, Volunteer Infantry. Discharged Oct, 1863.
Frank C. Staples, born May 2, 1849. Enlisted in Co. K, 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry in Sept., 1864. Discharged July, 1865.
George Tarbox, born May 9, 1844. Enlisted in 27th Maine Infantry in Sept., 1862. Re-enlisted in Co. H, 1st D.C. Cavalry. Discharged Aug., 1865.
James Wood, Dover, N.H., born Sept. 30, 1834. Enlisted Nov., 1861, in Co. B, 12th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Discharged Aug., 1866.
Levi G. Foss, born Aug. 2, 1847. Enlisted in Co. G, 31st Maine Volunteer Infantry, in Feb. 1864. Discharged July, 1865.
Daniel Knight, born Jan. 24, 1845. Enlisted in Co. I, 3rd Maine Infantry, in July, 1863. Discharged in November, 1865.
Alphonzo E. Libby, born Nov. 1, 1846. Enlisted in Company F, 25th Infantry Volunteer, Sept. 10, 1862. Discharged July 11, 1863.
Peter J. Farley, born Dec. 23, 1846. Enlisted Mar. 29, 1864, in Co. B, 1st New Hampshire Cavalry. Discharged July 15, 1865.
Joseph Wildes, born Feb. 14, 1844. Enlisted in 6th Maine Battery, Light Artillery, in Mar., 1862. Discharged Apr. 11, 1864.
Walter A. Gowen, born Apr. 17, 1846. Enlisted Co. F, 25th(sic - should be the 27th) Maine Volunteer Infantry, Sept., 1862. Discharged in July, 1863.
Simon S. Andrews, born Nov. 13, 1840. Enlisted Nov. 15, 1861, in Co. K, 13th Reg. Maine Volunteer Infantry. Discharged Aug., 1865.
Orlando Dow, born 1841. Enlisted in Brigade band of the First Division as musician in Oct., 1864. Discharged 1865.
Irving W. Mason, born Apr. 26, 1843. Enlisted in May,1861, in Co. B, 3rd Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry. Re-enlisted in 1864 in Co. C, Massachusetts Infantry. Discharged in 1865.
Steve McDonald, born May 24, 1843. Enlisted Sept., 1861, in the 22nd Mass. Regiment, Co. I. Discharged the latter part of November, the same year.
King Hill, born Dec. 10, 1844. Enlisted Apr. 9, 1864, in Co. H, 32nd Maine Regiment. Discharged July 15, 1865.
Ernest E. M. Vinton. Enlisted Jan. 18, 1865, in Co. H, 29th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry. Discharged Jan. 17, 1866.
George A. Willett. Enlisted in U. S. Navy, Aug. 16, 1864. Discharged June 5, 1865.
John B. Stowe. Enlisted July 27, 1862, in the 9th Massachusetts Battery. Discharged July 10, 1865.
Richard L. K. Grant. Enlisted in 5th Battery, 1st Maine Regiment.
Uranius Stacy. Enlisted in Co. A, 27th Maine Regiment of Infantry. Re-enlisted in 39th Regiment.
Hiram Dolby. Enlisted Mar. 24, 1862, in Co. B, Engineer Battery. Discharged Mar. 24, 1865.
Moses E. Lowell. Enlisted Sept. 10, 1862 in 27th Maine Regiment of Infantry. Discharged July 17, 1863. Re-enlisted Sept. 13, 1864, in the 5th Battery of Maine Volunteers. Discharged July 6, 1865.
Nicholas Emery Jeffries, born June 21, 1843. Enlisted Sept. 20, 1861, in Co. A, 10th Maine Regiment. Honorably discharged Oct. 22, 1863.
Note: In 1926, the U.S. Grant Post #143, and the Sheridan Post #28, both located in Biddeford, were still active. The Fred Gurney Post of Saco (#36), in operation in 1919, seemed to be defunct by 1926.
Link to 1926 article (on Google newspapers)
Nathan Lane, Jr., born Nov 10, 1836. Enlisted in Company K, Ninth Maine Regular Volunteers, on Sept. 10, 1861. First discharged Dec. 12, 1863. Reenlisted in same company, December 12, 1863. Finally discharged Sept. 19, 1865.
Frank J. Leavitt, born March 22, 1843. Enlisted June 2, 1862, in Company F., 16th Maine Regiment. Discharged June, 1865.
Lewis Percy, born December, 1843. Enlisted February, 1864, in Company I, Second Maine Cavalry. Discharged December, 1865.
A necrology followed, listing four of the GAR members who had died since the '26 list was written.
Peter Brackett, died April 4, 1927.
Simon S Andrews, died January 21, 1927.
George A Willett, died July 14, 1926.
James Wood, died in 1926.
On June 1st, 1928, the GAR list and soldiers' photos were again published in the Biddeford Weekly Journal (linked here). A necrology followed for those who died during the year: Fred G. Scott, Charles H. Townsend, Steve McDonald, and Peter Marcille (new to list, he had served in the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery).
On May 31, 1929, the list and photos were accompanied with a list of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport veterans, with their photos (link here). Peter J Farley and George Tarbox had both died during the prior year. A new member of the local GAR, George E Herring of the 5th NH Infantry, had also died (on July 30, 1928).
Unfortunately, the available issues of the Biddeford Weekly Journal ended there on Google Newspapers. Walter A Gowen of the 27th Maine, dying in 1941, may have been the last member of the GAR for Biddeford and Saco.