William P. Preble request for stamps, Portland, 1862
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William P. Preble of Portland wrote to Col. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, asking him to secure stamps for him from Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Preble, a lawyer, was collecting stamps that various Southern cities issued in advance of the Confederacy selecting a stamp design. He wrote that he had spoken about the stamps to Shepley, when he was visiting recently in Portland. Preble also wrote that he recently gone to New York for the body of his nephew, 1st Lt. Robert Allen, who was shot at Mechanicsville and died in New York.