Pvt. John Sheahan on Union chances, Virginia, 1863


In camp at Bell Plain, Virginia, nearly three months after the Union loss at nearby Fredericksburg, Pvt. John P. Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry asked his father in a letter what he thought of the draft and whether the war would end by the next fall.

Shehan answered his own question, "I think not. The south are determined to have their Independence and they will have it and no soldier in the Army of the Potomac doubts but they will get it."

He said the argument that the Confederacy did not have enough money and supplies to win was not convincing, comparing the South to the American Patriots during the Revolution.


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