Contributed by Maine Historical Society
This letter describes Meshach Larry witnessing the execution of a deserter during the American Civil War, near Fairfax Station, Virginia.
Larry was born in 1835 and raised in Windham. A blacksmith by trade, he joined Maine's 17th Regiment, Company H on August 18, 1862.
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 Fairfax to his sister Phebe, he wrote, "...If the Rebs do not trouble us I think the Dogs of War will be put in their kenels this winter somewhere in this vicinity."
About This Item
- Title: Meshach P. Larry letter, Oct. 18, 1863
- Creator: Larry, Meshach P.
- Creation Date: 1863-10-18
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Fairfax Station
- State: VA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 21 cm x 13 cm
- Local Code: Coll. S-293
- Collection: Meshach P. Larry letters
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Deserters, Military
- Larry, Meshach P. (1835-1864)--Letters
- Maine--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental Histories
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns--Wilderness, Battle of the, 1864
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Deserters
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 17th (1862-1865)--Personal Narratives
- David Bell Birney
- Home, domestic life & personal possessions
- Larry, Meschach P. (1835-1864)
- Personal writing
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