Contributed by Maine Historical Society
The mother-in-law of Isaac J. Monk, a private in Co. E of the 16th Maine Infantry, wrote to Mrs. Sarah Sampson at the Maine Soldiers' Relief Agency in Washington, D.C., seeking a furlough for Monk, who was ill at a hospital in Annapolis, Maryland.
J.S. Herrick was in Annapolis with her son-in-law, but needed to return to Maine to care for her parents. She reported that her daughter had been ill and having mental problems since the illness. She feared that her daughter would become "entirely insane" if her husband, Isaac Monk, did not return home.
Herrick also wrote, "I feel almost discouraged if it were not for you & Mr. Watson I should feel all discouraged but the thoughts that you may yet accomplish the desired object helps me."
Leonard Watson was the agent for the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission office in Washington and Sarah Sampson was a volunteer nurse from Bath who worked with the affiliated soldiers' relief group. A note on the back of the letter reads, "Settled."
Monk, of Turner enlisted Aug. 14, 1862 at age 24. He was mustered out on June 5, 1865.
About This Item
- Title: Plea for furlough for ill soldier, 1863
- Creator: Herrick, J. S.
- Creation Date: 1863-11-25
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Annapolis
- State: MD
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 19.8 cm x 13 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 1/2
- Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- United States. Army.--Leaves and furloughs
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 16th (1862-1865)
- Wounds and injuries
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care
- Monk, Isaac J.--Health
- Monk, Isaac J.--Military service
- War wounds
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals
- Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
- Maine--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States Sanitary Commission
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Civilian relief
- War--Relief of sick and wounded
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