Contributed by Maine Historical Society
H. Hamlin sent a telegraph to Lt. Charles Bridges, a Castine native on leave from service as quartermaster of the 8th Infantry Corps d'Afrique in Louisiana. Bridges received the telegraph at Searsport.
The message reads: "Cannot" get "it". H. Hamlin is likely Vice President Hannibal Hamlin. His son Cyrus Hamlin (1839-1867) was the colonel commanding the 8th Infantry Corps d'Afrique.
The subject of the message is not clear but may be related to Bridges' efforts to leave the military because of chronic illness or his desire to get a friend, John C. Phinney of Stockton, transferred to the 8th Infantry Corps d'Afrique.
About This Item
- Title: H. Hamlin telegraph to Lt. Charles Bridges, Washington, 1864
- Creator: Hamlin, Hannibal
- Creation Date: 1864-03-28
- Subject Date: 1864
- Town: Searsport, Washington
- County: Waldo
- State: DC, ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Local Code: Coll. 2114, Box 2/1
- Collection: Charles Bridges/80th U.S. Colored Volunteers Civil War records
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
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(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Bridges, Charles, b. 1838--Diseases
- Bridges, Charles, b. ca. 1838--Correspondence
- Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891--Correspondence
- United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 8th (1863-1865)
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