August 04, 2020

News from the homefront

From the files of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier:

April 30, 1861: Advertisement: WAR HAS COMMENCED. Large reduction in the prices of dry goods! New and choice styles offering this (Tuesday) morning at H.M. Kent’s, 7 Main Street.

April 30,1861: Advertisement: OUR FLAG IS HOISTED! And as it proclaims Union always, so do we proclaim that we are bound to sell dry goods always as low as the lowest, and this is the time that we offer extra inducments, for we are determined to reduce our stock, that we may be prepared for all emergencies. Thompson & Hichborn, No. 40 Main Street.

May 16, 1861: Adv.: WANTED TO CHARTER: a good coppered vessel, 209 tons, from Bangor to Madeira and back. One, Bangor to Grand Canary, 125M. One, Bangor to Rio Janeiro (sic), 200 to 300M. One to Montividio, 250 to 300M, by Thomas J. Stewart. Commission Merchant.

June 21, 1861: Adv.: FOURTH OF JULY TO BE CELEBRATED! The union must be saved. Great combination and consolidation of pyrotechnical laboratories. Sanderson & Lanergan, Andrew Lanergan, and J.G. Hovey & Co. … Dealers in fireworks, committees for cities or towns, and private individuals, wishing anything from a thousand torpedoes at 35 cts to a 10 lb Rocket, will find it particularly advantageous to call on our AGents. Holden, Cutter & Co., Retail Depot, 149 Washington Street.

Jan. 1, 1862: Notice: WANTED, 300 able-bodied men, between the ages of 18 and 35 years, to fill up the Seventeenth Regiment, Regular U.S. Infantry… Remember — No soldier is so well cared for as the regular. Pay, $13 per month, and $100 bounty at the close of the war. medical attendance free…

Jan. 30, 1862: Item: A man named Peter Bozell is now living in Oswego, N.Y., aged 108 years. He was born in Brooklyn in 1753; has been married twice and had 25 children — his oldest child being now 82 years old. He has excellent health, visits his neighbors, sight and hearing good, and has used tobacco one hundred years.

Jan. 31, 1862: Item: On account of the high price for cotton, and the greater durability of hemp, the post office department is substituting mail bags made of hemp for those of cotton, which have been heretofore wholly used.

Dec. 2, 1863: Adv.: ENLIST — ENLIST — ENLIST! The Town of Brewer offers $225.00 in addition to State and U.S. Bounties. Call at the Recruiting Rendezvous, at the End of the Toll Bridge, Brewer.

Dec. 30, 1863: Item: The Richmond Dispatch confesses that the South is reduced to the following interesting situation: “If the people are fed, the army must suffer; if the army is fed the people will starve; and if the people starve what’s the use of the army?”

Special thanks to Dick Shaw of the NEWS staff for gathering this items.

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