Pvt. Sheahan on guarding Frederick, MD, 1862


Serving with the 1st Maine Cavalry, guarding Frederick, which the Union army just captured from the Confederates, Pvt. John P. Sheahan of Dennysville wrote to his father in October 1862.

Sheahan noted that many residents were trying to leave the city to avoid being drafted into the Union army. He said they were headed to Virginia, preferring the serve with the Confederacy.

He wrote that the war did not look close to ending, but that the nation "deserved" the punishment for keeping people in bondage, much as God punished the "Pharis for keeping the children of israel in bondage."


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