Widow's request for assistance, Bath, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Abby J. Young of Bath, the widow of David I. Young of the 21st Maine Volunteers, wrote to Leonard Watson of the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in Washington, D.C., expressing her hope she would be able to get a pension to help support her three children.

Young was a member of Co. C of the 21st Maine, which was organized in October 1862 for nine-months service. He apparently became ill and died while on duty.

Mrs. Young also sought to receive her late husband's bounty. She wrote that he had drawn only $17.87 of the funds promised him.

She had three children, Blanche, 12; Mary, 7; and a son, 5 months. She wrote of her husband, "He was a very kind husband & father."

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About This Item

  • Title: Widow's request for assistance, Bath, 1863
  • Creator: Young, Abby J.
  • Creation Date: 1864-02-22
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Bath
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 1/3
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission records
  • Object Type: Text

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