Introduction of Portlanders seeking work in Louisiana, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


H. I. Libby of Portland wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana to introduce Mr. Towle, brother-in-law of F.O.J. Smith, a well-known politician; and Mr. Baxter.

The two men were on their way to New Orleans "hoping to make some money by raising cotton or in some other honest way."

Shepley, a native of Maine, was a lawyer in Portland before the war. He enlisted as colonel and commander of the 12th Maine Infantry and was soon promoted to commander of the 3rd Brigade.

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About This Item

  • Title: Introduction of Portlanders seeking work in Louisiana, 1864
  • Creator: Libby, H. I.
  • Creation Date: 1864-01-02
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Town: New Orleans, Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: LA, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.4 cm x 12.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 3/10
  • Collection: George Foster Shepley papers
  • Object Type: Text

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