Letter seeking furlough to vote, Virginia, 1864
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Samuel Powers of Co. M, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, wrote from Sickles Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, to Benjamin H. Hinds of the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in October 1864 seeking a furlough.
He wrote that the furlough would help him restore his heath and enable him to "carry my vote and influence in this great National Struggle which will I trust be the greatest victory we as a Republican party has ever achieved."
Powers said he was unfit for field service, having just returned from the front at Petersburg. He provided references and also suggested he might be transferred to another position.
Powers, of Presque Isle, was 32 when he enlisted as an artificer (mechanic) on December 16, 1863. He was discharged on June 9, 1865.
- Title: Letter seeking furlough to vote, Virginia, 1864
- Creator: Powers, Samuel H.
- Creation Date: 1864-10-23
- Town: Alexandria, Petersburg, Presque Isle
- County: Aroostook
- State: ME, VA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 20.5 cm x 12.7 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
- Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
- 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
Maine--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, 1st (1863-1865). Company H
United States Sanitary Commission
Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
Military leaves and furloughs
Political elections--United States
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