Medical director report on Perkins, New Orleans, 1863
George M. Sternberg, acting medical director of the Department of the Gulf, wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, to say that he found no disability in the case of Pvt. George A. Perkins, Co. D., 12th Maine, who had apparently sought a discharge. Perkins, of Carthage, had written to Shepley in April 1863, seeking a two-month furlough to return to Maine because his family had been "turned out of doors." Perkins was 35 when he enlisted in November 1861 in the regiment Shepley commanded. He died of disease Feb. 9, 1864.