Col. William K. Kimball of Paris, Maine, who was commander of the 12th Maine Infantry Volunteers in New Orleans, wrote to former 12th Maine commander, Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, seeking release of eight soldiers from the 12th Maine who Kimball believed were being held unlawfully.
Kimball noted in his plea for Shepley's help that they were seized for not having passes. He commented that two other soldiers, both privates, were in prison "for cause" and he did not seek their release.
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