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Meshach P. Larry letter, Oct. 18, 1863

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 thier kenels this winter somewhere in this vicinity."

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  • 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 (cm): 21 x 13
  • Local Code: Coll. S-293
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
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(207) 774-1822
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