John H. Lord, Scarborough, ca. 1864
Contributed by Maine State Archives
John H. Lord served in the Civil War as a Second Lieutenant in the 15th Maine Infantry, Company D. He enlisted on April 27, 1864.
Lord was a resident of Saco but signed up in Scarborough to receive the town’s bounty of $200, allowing Scarborough to count him in meeting its quota requirement. Quotas were orders issued to each state by President Lincoln, requesting a specific number of soldiers to serve in the war.
Lord was 24 years old and unmarried when he enlisted. He saw action with his regiment in the New Orleans and the Shenandoah Valley campaigns of 1864-1865.
After completing his service in the Civil War, Lord returned to the Biddeford-Saco area. Various US Censuses have him listed as a boot and shoe maker. In 1880, Lord was living with his aging parents in Saco, then moving to Biddeford before the 1890 census. The 1900 census indicates he was still single and living with his brother in Biddeford.