John L. Hoyt, Scarborough, ca. 1864
Contributed by Maine State Archives
John L. Hoyt served as a Second Lieutenant in the 29th Maine Infantry, Company I during the Civil War.
Hoyt enlisted in Scarborough on January 9, 1864 at the age of 24, and received a bounty of $310. He was a resident of East Livermore at the time. Individuals could enlist in any town which paid a higher bounty. In Hoyt’s case, he chose Scarborough’s bounty money and thus mustered in as part of Scarborough’s required quota.
The 29th Maine infantry regiment mustered in at Augusta for three years. After briefly serving in Louisiana, the regiment transferred to Virginia. Hoyt was killed on October 19, 1864 during the Shenandoah Valley campaign at the Battle of Cedar Creek, where the Union army, led by General Philip Sheridan, was victorious.