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John P. Sheahan on duration of war, Virginia, 1864

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Pvt. John P. Sheahan of Co. K, 1st Maine Cavalry, wrote to his parents in Dennysville, commenting on the diphtheria epidemic there and how the town would never be the same because of diphtheria deaths and Civil War deaths.

"How little did any of us then think that it would grow into a gigantic war filling our country with men maimed for life," Sheahan wrote about the men and boys who answered the first call for soldiers in 1861.

He added, "The spring campaign will commence the fourth year of the most bloody war the world has ever seen. I hope it may put an end to the Rebellion but oh I fear not."

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