First Lt. Elbridge Bolton wrote to Col. William K. Kimball, commander of the 12th Maine Regiment, seeking to resign as 1st lieutenant of Co. A because of disability.
Bolton, of Portland, was 39 when he enlisted on Nov. 15, 1861.
The back of the letter includes comments from officers as the request went up the line of command. Kimball recommended acceptance of the request, noting that Bolton has been disabled for six months. It was forwarded to the office of Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, also of Maine, who was the head of the 3rd Brigade and the military governor of Louisiana, who forwarded it to Capt. R. L. Davis, an assistant adjutant general, who wrote "not approved" on it.
Records show that his resignation was accepted on Aug. 26, 1862.
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