Letter seeking help with furlough, New Orleans, 1863


Pvt. John N. Scott of Co. G, Maine 13th Infantry, wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, seeking his help getting a furlough to visit his wife in Maine, who was quite ill with consumption and not expected to live. Scott also was ill and in St. James Hospital in New Orleans.

Shepley, a native of Maine, had visited Portland earlier in the fall and Scott's wife had spoken to Shepley about getting a furlough for Scott.

Scott was 30 years old and living in Augusta when he enlisted in January 1862. He died of his illness at the end of November, less than a month after writing the letter.


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