Meshach P. Larry letter, Dec. 18, 1862
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This letter from Meshach P. Larry of Dec. 18, 1862 to his sister, Phebe, describes events surrounding the Battle of Fredericksburg during the American Civil War, among other things. Meshach P. Larry was born in 1835 and raised in Windham. A blacksmith by trade, he joined Maine's 17th Regiment Company H on August 18, 1962. Larry was one of the 21 Union soldiers missing in action after a bloody battle called the Wilderness Campaign. In this letter written from Camp Pitcher to his sister Phebe, he writes, "...our big guns throw big shells into the woods, and I could hear the trees crack, but what damage they done, I could not tell."