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.
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
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Confederate States of America. Army.
- Danville Prison
- Petersburg (Va.) History--Siege, 1864-1865
- Prisoners of war
- Sheahan, John Parris--Correspondence
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 31st (1864-1865)
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