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Thomas G. Libby

Ashley Clay
"Research your topic and summarize the 'who, what, when, and where' in the form of a few paragraphs"

Thomas G. Libby was born on March 24, 1848, in Lincoln. His family founded Lincoln, Maine. Thomas Libby was part of the Congregational Church. He was excited when he got to leave the state for the first time when he enlisted in the Civil War.

He went to war when he was fourteen to be a drummer boy. There was already a drummer boy, so he fought along side his father, Thomas S. Libby. The day he went was August 21, 1862. He was wounded by a gun shot and had to get his finger amputated. He escaped from the hospital and went to a new one. When he was at the hospital, he said that when he was in the military he stole food from farmers. He was discharged from the army on April 21, 1865. He died January 1, 1869.

Sophie Leonard
"Create a statement and prove or disprove it with evidence from your research"

Thomas G. Libby was very brave! I can prove this because he was only 14 years old when he joined the army. Although becoming a soldier wasn’t his original plan, when he went to sign up for drummer boy he learned that drummer boy was already possessed by another boy. He decided to fight along side grown men, as well as his father, Thomas S. Libby, in the Civil War.

This proves he is brave because not many boys would willingly sign up for the army at the age of 14. Most aren’t ever brave enough to sign up for the army in their lifetime. While Thomas G. Libby was in the army, he was shot in the left hand and required two of his fingers to be amputated. While he was in the hospital, he learned first hand how the prisoners of war were treated better than the wounded soldiers, so he broke out of the hospital.

More evidence of his bravery during the Civil War was they had to steal food from the farmers just to survive. Most 14 year old boys I know would not be able to survive like this.

Mark Spaulding
"How does this topic connect to you in your life today?"

Thomas Gardiner Libby originally enlisted to be a drummer boy in the Civil War, but finding out that they already had a drummer boy in his regiment, he got a gun and fought. Thomas and I have a major connection. He was only a fourteen year old boy when he joined, and I am a fourteen year old boy now. I have thought about joining the army when I get older, but I could not imagine being in a war at my age. After the war Thomas returned safely; however his dad, Thomas S. Libby, did not. If I were fighting next to my dad, and he didn’t make it through the war, I would not know what to do! I can’t even think of what he must have been going through.

A quote from Thomas G Libby is, “Imagine my surprise and wonderment on reaching Bangor to behold such a large city with its vast fleet of vessels, steamers and cars, everything that my eyes beheld was a continual panorama of a new life.” When he left he had a whole new life that was nothing like his former life. I could not imagine having such a big change of lifestyle all at once.

Megan Larlee
"Come up with a simile or metaphor for your topic and explain in detail how the two things are alike."

Thomas G. Libby is like a lost dog because he went to a place where he thought he was going to be safe, but he got stuck in a place where he had to fight to keep his life. Thomas was born on March 24, 1848, in Lincoln, Maine. He joined the army when he was 14 on August 21, 1862. He went to war to be the drummer boy, but unfortunately there was already one. Thomas had to get a gun and stand and fight for his life with his father. He got wounded by gunshot on his left hand and had to have two fingers removed. Thomas was discharged from the army on April 21, 1865, and returned safely. Unfortunately the day of January 1, 1869, Thomas G. Libby died. This is why I think he’s like a lost dog, because he lived a good life, then he was in war where he thought he would be safe until he had to fight to save his life.

Works Cited

"The Buildings, Businesses, and Streets of Lincoln." Lincoln Historical Society: Black Binder 1 & 2. Print.

Fellows, Dana Willis. History of the Town of Lincoln, Penobscot County, Maine, 1822-1928. Lewiston, Maine: Dingley, 1929. 369. Print.

Goodwin, Beckie. Their Eyes Hath Seen the Glory. Lincoln Center, Me.: B. Goodwin, 1992. Print.