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


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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