Letter seeking information on POW husband, Saco, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Deborah Friend of Saco sought the help of the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in October 1864 to gain information about her husband, Dennis Friend, a private in Co. B of the 5th Maine Infantry Regiment.

She said he had been taken prisoner in November 1863 and was held at Andersonville prison. She had not heard from him for more than five months.

Friend had enlisted on August 27, 1862 when he was 37 years old. He was reportedly "mustered out" on July 27, 1864, which was the end of the enlistment period for his regiment. However, he is listed in the Maine Adjutant General's report only as having been taken prisoner in November 1863.

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About This Item

  • Title: Letter seeking information on POW husband, Saco, 1864
  • Creator: Friend, Deborah
  • Creation Date: 1864
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Saco
  • County: York
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 19.5 cm x 11.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission records
  • Object Type: Text

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