Pvt. John Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his father in Dennysville that he was being sent to the dismounted camp at Alexandria because his horse had been condemned.
He wrote that he hated to leave the front lines, but that he might be able to get a clerk's job at the War Department.
He also urged his father to try to get him a 2nd lieutenant commission in the 2nd Maine Cavalry, which would provide him more money and help him go to school.
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