Horatio Jose, a businessman in Portland and former quartermaster of the 12th Maine Regiment, wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, former commander of the 12th Maine.
Shepley, serving as commander of the Division of Eastern Virginia of the Union army, had received several notices that ordnance issued to the 12th Maine had not been accounted for in the fourth quarter reports of 1861. Jose reported that he did not recall receiving invoices or giving receipts for the stores and that all the regiment's paperwork was destroyed by the Confederates at Bayou Boeuf.
He also wrote about events in Portland.