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Pvt. John Sheahan on failure of Army of Potomac, Virginia, 1863

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Pvt. John Sheahan of Dennysville, who enlisted in Co. K of the 1st Maine Cavalry on August 23, 1862, described the Army of the Potomac, of which his regiment was a part, as an "utter failure."

In a letter in February 1863 to his father and sister, he said that the soldiers were "heart sick of this war" and they believed it was time to acknowledge the Confederacy.

He wondered what the Army of the Potomac would do in the spring when 50,000 nine-month soldiers went home.

He also commented that the 6th Maine, to which his older brother, William, belonged, had moved its camp farther away, making it harder to see his brother.


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