Pvt. John Stewart letter from Lewinsville, VA , 1861
Pvt. John E. Stewart of Columbia was 23 when he enlisted in Co. G of the 6th Maine Infantry in July 1861. Many members of the 6th Maine were from Washington County. Stewart wrote frequently to Samantha Leighton -- his future wife. The end of this letter is missing. Stewart discussed being on guard duty in the cold weather -- and being homesick. He also wrote about the possibility of England aiding the Confederacy.