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Request for information about missing soldier, Princeton, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

C. S. Nichols of Princeton wrote to F.A. Pike at the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in Washington, D.C., seeking information about a report he had read that a George W. Smith was in a Confederate prison and he wondered if it might be the Smith from Princeton about whom nothing had been heard since the Battle of Fredericksburg, which was Dec. 11-15, 1862.

On the back of a letter is a Sanitary Commission note that indicates Smith was at Harewood Hospital in Washington on January 2, 1863, and soon after sent to Philadelphia.

The Maine Adjutant General's report that summarized the activities of Civil War soldiers notes that Smith was 18 when he enlisted in Co. H of the Maine 16th Infantry Regiment and that he was mustered out on Dec. 13, 1862 at Fredericksburg. It then notes that he did not survive the war.

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  • Title: Request for information about missing soldier, Princeton, 1864
  • Creator: Nichols, C. S.
  • Creation Date: 1864-01-05
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Princeton
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 22 x 12.6
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 1/3
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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