Pvt. John Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his father about his efforts to leave the "dismounted" camp in Washington and return to the front. His horse was too lame to make it back to his regiment.
Especially since Gettysburg in July 1863, Sheehan had written to his father in Dennysville about his hopes for peace and the preservation of the union.
He wrote that since England and France had declined to help them, the Rebels "say themselves they have no hope at all."
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