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Edwin Witham letter to Charles Cole, 1862

Contributed by John Micavich through Sebago Historical Society

Ed Witham, member of the 5th ME Infantry and brother to Charles Cole's neighbor in Sebago, tells Charles that he has reformed some since he was there and "left off swearing and drinking" and has joined the Sons of Temperance.

He also recounts an event that happened in Augusta during his time there. The squads went to the theater regularly, but one night there was a fire in the building that housed the Post Office and theater. Apparently feeling that a soldier was responsible for starting the fire, the City Marshall and the police came to the barracks to take the soldier to jail. They were attacked by the soldiers who "tore the City marshalls coat all off of him and his hat and took his revolver and knife away" The marshall hastily retreated across the bridge to escape the assault. Ed instructs Charles to "dont let eny boddy read this burn it as soon as you read it"

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  • Title: Edwin Witham letter to Charles Cole, 1862
  • Creator: Witham, Edwin F.
  • Creation Date: 1862-03-04
  • Subject Date: 1864-03-04
  • Town: Augusta, Sebago
  • County: Cumberland, Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 21 x 13
  • Local Code: W.EW.1
  • Collection: John Micavich: Charles Cole Letters
  • Object Type: Text

For more information about this item, contact:

Sebago Historical Society
PO Box 59, Sebago, ME 04029
(207) 787-2489

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