York man delves into locals who served during Civil War

Charles Bragdon was born in York in 1812, a poor man who enlisted in the Civil War in 1862 not in his hometown, but in nearby Portsmouth, N.H. In what was a decidedly mercenary-like endeavor, municipalities in those days paid men to fill their federally mandated quotas. The Portsmouth City Council had just voted to pay $400 a head, far more than York’s paltry $230.

Mary Berry, a mother of five, was the wife of a poor farmhand who died in 1863, not long after entering the military service in York.

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