Letter seeking information on POW, Limerick, 1863


Mattie Cobb of Limerick wrote to Col. Hathaway at the Maine Agency of the U.S. Sanitary Commission about her brother, Edwin Cobb of Co. D. of the 5th Maine who was at the Old Capitol Prison, where she said he was put for desertion.

She wrote that she heard Hathaway was in Washington "to look after our Maine soldiers."

Cobb enlisted on June 24, 1861 at age 18. He was mustered out on July 27, 1864. Cobb returned to Limerick after the war and became a furniture dealer.


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