Contributed by Maine Historical Society
On June 1, 1863, Pvt. John P. Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his parents in Dennysville to tell them about Confederate soldiers who burned a Union train and captured the Union mail. He said the cavalry retaliated within 15 minutes and took "all their artillery and a lot of prisoners and recaptured the mail."
Sheahan praised the area around Warrenton Junction, Virginia, and noted that if he wanted to buy a farm, it would be a good place to do so.
He also expressed his desire for an "honorable peace."
About This Item
- Title: John Sheahan on skirmish with Rebels, Virginia, 1863
- Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
- Creation Date: 1863-06-01
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Dennysville, Warrenton
- County: Washington
- State: ME, VA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 12.5 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/4
- Collection: John Parris Sheahan Collection
- 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. Maine Infantry Regiment, 6th (1861-1864)
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
- United States. Army. Maine Cavalry Regiment, 1st (1861-1865)
- Sheahan, John Parris--Correspondence
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Postal service
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