Lt. John Sheahan to Lizzie Shriver, 1864
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
1st Lt. John Sheahan of the 31st Maine Infantry, wrote to Lizzie M. Shriver of Westminster, Maryland, most likely the woman to whom he was engaged, to tell her he had been taken prisoner.
"At last I am a prisoner but far better treated than I expected," he wrote.
Sheahan was held at Danville, Virginia. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Crater, part of the seige of Petersburg. It was an ill-fated Union attempt to blow a hole in Confederate defenses.
- Title: Lt. John Sheahan to Lizzie Shriver, 1864
- Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
- Creation Date: 1864-08-03
- Subject Date: 1864
- Town: Danville, Westminster
- State: MD, VA
- Media: Pencil on paper
- Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.4
- Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/10
- Object Type: Text
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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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LC Subject Headings
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Sheahan, John Parris--Correspondence
United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 31st (1864-1865)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
Prisoners of war
Petersburg (Va.) History--Siege, 1864-1865
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