Letter on recruitment issues, Orono, 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Lt. Abbott Coan of Orono, who enlisted as a 1st lieutenant in Co. F of the 12th Maine Infantry Regiment on Nov. 15, 1861, wrote to Col. George F. Shepley, the regiment's commander, on December 20, reporting on the difficulty of recruiting men in the Orono area.

He wrote that there was no provision to pay for hiring a horse or riding a stage -- and that the "only Manner that recruits can be raised speedily is by driveing about the Country."

View/Add Comments


Item has a transcription view a full transcription

About This Item

  • Title: Letter on recruitment issues, Orono, 1861
  • Creator: Coan, Abbott
  • Creation Date: 1861-12-20
  • Subject Date: 1861-12-20
  • Town: Orono
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 1/1
  • Collection: George Foster Shepley papers
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.