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.
About This Item
- 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: 19.8 cm x 12.4 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
- 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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