Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Pvt. John Frazier of Co. B of the 12th Maine Regiment wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, seeking a discharge from service to return home to Portland to help his mother and help care for two ill siblings.
Frazier and Shepley knew one another from Portland, where both had lived before the war. Frazier's father, John A. Frazier, had enlisted in the 12th Maine, but was in a military hospital in Augusta, leaving the family without support. The father also had sent a plea to Shepley for the son's release.
A note on the back of the letter suggests that Frazier could not be discharged without a surgeon's note of disability.
About This Item
- Title: Soldier plea for discharge, Baton Rouge, 1863
- Creator: Frazier, John
- Creation Date: 1863-01-17
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: Baton Rouge, Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: LA, ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 20.4 cm x 13 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 2/12
- Collection: George F. Shepley Papers
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Military discharge
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1864). Company B
- Military service, Voluntary
- Recruiting & enlistment--1860-1870
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Civilian relief
- Military service--1860-1870
- United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
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