Meshach P. Larry letter, Oct. 18, 1863
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."