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Letter from Luther Lawrence to his brother, May 25, 1862

Contributed by North Yarmouth Historical Society

Letter from Luther Lawrence, a Civil War soldier, to his brother, May 25, 1862, about military life.

Members of the Lawrence family resided in Gray, Pownal and North Yarmouth. James Lawrence (1842-1939) of Pownal married Ellen Marston (1843-1937) of North Yarmouth in 1869, and they, along with their five children, resided at Riverside Farm (on North Road).

As a young man, James served in the Civil War along with his brother Luther. Both men served in the 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Luther died in the battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia on August 16, 1864. The battle was part of the attack on Richmond, VA). James was wounded in the battle.

Luther was the eldest son of Nathaniel Sawtelle Lawrence and Mary Ann Harris Lawrence. Brother James was four years younger.

This letter was probably written to Luther's brother Frank back on the farm in Pownal. He mentions the "boys from Gray," probably friends from Gray, Maine, where the Lawrence family had farmed before establishing a farm on the Lawrence Road in Pownal.

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  • Title: Letter from Luther Lawrence to his brother, May 25, 1862
  • Creator: Luther, Lawrence
  • Creation Date: 1862-05-25
  • Subject Date: 1862-05-25
  • Town: Richmond
  • State: VA
  • Media: paper
  • Dimensions: 21 cm x 13 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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North Yarmouth Historical Society
10 Village Square Road , North Yarmouth, ME 04097
(207) 772-1568
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