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Sister's plea for furlough for brother, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Hattie M. Thompson of Freedom wrote to the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in October 1864 to ask for a furlough for her brother, Charles L. Thompson of the 3rd Maine Light Artillery Battery.

Pvt. Thompson was ill at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C. Hattie Thompson thought she could help restore his health. In addition, she wrote, he needed a furlough to see his two motherless young sons and to take care of some business. She thought a few weeks at home would help him feel "more contented."

Thompson was 28 when he enlisted on Dec. 28, 1863. He was mustered out on Sept. 1, 1865.

A note on the back of the letter suggests he got his furlough.

Soldiers and their families often wrote to the Sanitary Commission's Maine office in Washington seeking help located loved ones, getting packages or mail, getting pay or furloughs, or other issues.

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  • Title: Sister's plea for furlough for brother, 1864
  • Creator: Thompson, Hattie M.
  • Creation Date: 1864-10-10
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: Freedom, Washington
  • County: Waldo
  • State: DC, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.5
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
  • Object Type: Text

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

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