John Sheahan on skirmish with Rebels, Virginia, 1863


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."


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