John P. Sheahan from Monocacy Junction, Maryland, 1862


Writing to his parents in Dennysville, Pvt. John P. Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry reported on his unit moving into a campground previously held by the Confederates.

Sheahan noted that they ate roasted pig and sheep and that Gen. Jackson ordered the retreating Confederate soldiers to take three days rations of corn from a field through which they marched.

"They cannot stand it much longer," he predicted, noting that they had no supplies.


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