Request for Gen. Shepley to find relative, Richmond, Va., 1865
Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, serving as military governor of Richmond after Union forces took the former Confederate capitol in April 1865, received a letter from Aaron B. Reid of Haverstraw, New York, asking Shepley to get a letter to Reid's sister, a resident of Richmond.
Reid wrote, "I have some relatives among the mis-guided & unfortunate citizens of Richmond..."
Reid also praised Shepley for his previous work as military governor of Louisiana, predicting that "the same urbanity, justice & kindness of heart, which caused you to be such a favorite among all classes at New Orleans, will win for you the same admiration at Richmond."