John P. Sheahan from POW prison, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


On August 2, 1864, 1st Lt. John P. Sheahan of the 31st Maine Infantry wrote a one-page letter to his father in Dennysville telling him that he was being "well used by the Confederates" while being held as a prisoner in Danville, Virginia.

He was captured, along with some 1,400 other Union soldiers, at the Battle of the Crater, a disastrous Union attempt to blow up part of the Confederate defenses of Petersburg.

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About This Item

  • Title: John P. Sheahan from POW prison, 1864
  • Creator: Sheahan, John P.
  • Creation Date: 1864-08-02
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Danville, Dennysville
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 19.7 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/10
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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