Anxious local families awaited Civil War news

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Nina Silber, College of Arts & Sciences

George Lewis was a carpenter. George Vining was a shoe-factory stitcher. At 22 and 20, the two Weymouth boys enlisted in the Union Army on the same day – June 26, 1861, two months after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War…

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“If your family hadn’t heard anything, maybe somebody else had.”

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