Soldier inquiry on canceled furlough, Washington, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Cyrus McBride, 1st sergeant, Co. K, 13th Maine Infantry, wrote from Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C., to the Maine Agent Sanitary Commission wondering whether the hospital surgeon had the authority to cancel an approved furlough.

McBride wrote that the general in command signed his furlough and when he went to get an overcoat, the surgeon canceled the order, stating that since McBride did not have much longer to serve, he should not be allowed to go home.

McBride wanted to go home especially so he could vote "on this comeing Election to maintain the Principles that we have been strugling for & for the Officers that will carry them through."

McBride, of Biddeford, who enlisted on Dec. 13, 1861 at age 25 served until January 6, 1865.

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About This Item

  • Title: Soldier inquiry on canceled furlough, Washington, 1864
  • Creator: McBride, Cyrus
  • Creation Date: 1864-10-31
  • Subject Date: 1864-10-31
  • Town: Washington
  • State: DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 2/1
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission records
  • Object Type: Text

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