Pvt. Daniel W. Brown to mother on arrival in Washington, 1862

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Daniel Webster Brown of East Baldwin was 23 when he enlisted as a private in Co. A of the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment on August 18, 1862.

Brown wrote to his mother, Jerusha, from Fort Greble on August 25, describing the regiment leaving Portland and arriving in Washington, D.C.

He asked her to "please excuse this bad writing for I was in a great hurry, and I place to write it was right under the fore part of one of these large guns in the shade."

He wrote that Philadelphia was the "best place that I have seen yet or expect to see very soon." He also noted that the regiment passed the area in Baltimore where there had been a riot when federal troops first went through in 1861.

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About This Item

  • Title: Pvt. Daniel W. Brown to mother on arrival in Washington, 1862
  • Creator: Brown, Daniel Webster
  • Creation Date: 1862-08-25
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Town: Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: DC, MA, MD, ME, NY, PA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.7 cm x 13.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. S-1962, Misc. Box 94/2
  • Collection: Daniel Webster Brown correspondence
  • Object Type: Text

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