J. Parker Morse of Bath wrote a brief note to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, introducing James Stetson, captain of Morse's new ship Gen Shepley and inviting Shepley to visit the ship named after him.
Shepley, a Maine native, was a lawyer in Portland before joining the 12th Maine Infantry.
R. Morse & Sons of Bath built a series of ships named after Union generals. The General Butler and General Shepley were built in 1862, the General Grant in 1864 and the General Chamberlain in 1869.
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