James H. Thompson, surgeon of the 12th Maine Infantry, wrote to Lt. Col. William K. Kimball, regimental commander, in support of a letter of resignation of Lt. Elbridge Bolton.
Thompson wrote that Bolton, age 39 of Portland, suffered "severely from Piles" and would continue to do so in the New Orleans climate.
Thompson, of Orono, enlisted in November 1861 and served until September 1865 with the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel.
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