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Pvt. John Sheahan on conditions in cavalry, Maryland, 1862

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Writing from Monocacy, Maryland, Pvt. John P. Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his father in Dennysville about the numbers of cattle, horses, and cars that passed by every day heading for the front.

He wished that his brother, William, were in the cavalry, which he said was easier than the infantry. William was a sergeant in Co. F of the 6th Maine Infantry. A year after this letter was written, William was killed at Rappahannock Station, Virginia.

Sheahan also complains about the officers in his unit.


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