Contributed by Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
John French, a private in Co. B of the 5th Maine Infantry, writes to tell his family not to believe all that they may have heard about the first Battle of Bull Run, which he took part in, saying "our loss is not near as large as it is reppresented in the papers."
He also mentions the secessionism at work in Maine at the time.
Several other young Maine men, friends of French's who also enlisted, are mentioned by name; they saw each other frequently, despite being in different regiments.
About This Item
- Title: John French letter to his family, July 1861
- Creator: French, John
- Creation Date: 1861-07-25
- Subject Date: 1861-07-25
- Town: Albion
- County: Fairfax, Kennebec
- State: ME, VA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Collection: Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Fifth Maine Regiment Museum
45 Seashore Avenue, PO Box 41, Peaks Island, ME 04108
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LC Subject Headings
- French, John--Correspondence
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1864)
- Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
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