Pvt. John Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry camped outside Washington, D.C., wrote to his father and sister in Dennysville to encourage them to write to him. He stressed how hard it was to have no old friends to talk with.
He also asked them to "keep all the letters that I write tie them up in little bundles, don't them them lay round for when I come home I shall want them all."
He expected the war to end before his nine-month enlistment was up.
Sheahan served in the 1st Maine Cavalry until March 1864 when he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the 31st Maine Infantry. He was discharged in July 1965.
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