Thursday, May 31, 2012

Joseph Liirrabee Small, Jr.

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Joseph Liirrabee Small, Jr., was born on December 4th, 1846, at kennebunkport, Maine, and was the son of Joseph L., and Lorenda (Libby) Small. He enlisted at Biddeford, Me., on March 16, 1864, and was credited upon the quota of Kennebunkport. On April 16, 1864, he was mastered into the United States service, at Augusta, Me., as private in Company G, of the Thirty-Second Maine Infantry. Leaving Maine with the second battalion, on May 11th, he joined the remainder of the regiment at the North Anna, on May 25th.  And from that date, he shared in all the duties performed by the Thirty-second, until the close of September, when he was taken prisoner at the battle near the "Pegram house", on September 30, 1864.

After his capture, he was carried to Petersburg, and thence to Richmond, Va. After three day's in Libby prison, he was sent to Salisbury, N. C. Here he remained until February 22, 1865, when he was paroled, and on March 1st, he reentered the Union lines at Wilmington. N. C, together with thirteen of the twentv-eight men of his regiment who had been captured with him five months previous, the other fourteen having succumbed to the privations of prison life. He was finally discharged at  Annapolis, Md., on June 5, 1865.

In November of 1865, he engaged in the grocery business at Biddeford, Me., in which he continued until 1875.  Selling out his business in that year, he became a commercial traveler, which occupation he has since followed. He was married September 13, 1871, to Miss Lucretia Maloon Meeds, of Biddeford, by whom he has had five children, Fred H., Edward D., Harold J., Donald M., and Roydon L. Small.

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