Cyrus McBride letter on election, Washington, D.C., 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Cyrus McBride, 1st sergeant in Co. K of the 13th Maine Volunteers, wrote from Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C., to B.H. Hinds at the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in Washington, seeking a furlough he had been promised so he could vote in the 1864 presidential election.

McBride, of Biddeford, enlisted on Dec. 13, 1861 at age 25.

McBride wrote that he had been granted a furlough, but then told by a surgeon who was issuing him an overcoat that because he did not have long left on his enlistment, it would not make sense to give him a furlough.

McBride appealed to the Sanitary Commission because he wanted to vote in the election. He wrote, "I think it is the duty for every man to vote on this comeing Election to maintain the principles that we have been strugling for & for the Officers that will carry them through."

McBride was mustered out of the service on Jan. 6, 1865.

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  • Title: Cyrus McBride letter on election, Washington, D.C., 1863
  • Creator: McBride, Cyrus
  • Creation Date: 1864-10-31
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Washington
  • State: DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission records
  • Object Type: Text

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