Pvt. John Sheahan letter to parents, Washington, D.C., 1862

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Pvt. John Sheahan of Co. K of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his parents in Dennysville about a month after his enlistment.

Sheahan wrote from Washington, D.C., that his company had moved from barracks to tents about a half mile out of the city -- and that the tents were an improvement because they were not infested with lice.

He wrote, "We are having good times here now we only drill about 3 hours a day and the rest we loaf."

The end of the letter appears to be missing.

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About This Item

  • Title: Pvt. John Sheahan letter to parents, Washington, D.C., 1862
  • Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
  • Creation Date: 1862-09-29
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Town: Dennysville, Washington
  • County: Washington
  • State: DC, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/1
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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