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Father's request for transfer of injured son, Fayette, 1864

Father's request for transfer of injured son, Fayette, 1864

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Maine Historical Society

Sumner Folsom of Fayette wrote to the Maine Agency Sanitary Commission in November 1864 seeking transfer of his injured son from a hospital in Washington, D.C., to Maine, where he believed his son would recover faster.

Folsom noted that both of his sons were in the 1st Maine Cavalry and assumed both were good soldiers and had never been in the hospital or gotten leaves before.

The injured soldier, Francis J. Folsom, was 18 when he enlisted in Co. L of the 1st Maine Cavalry on Nov. 6, 1863. He was mustered out on March 10, 1865.

His brother, Henry H. Folsom enlisted at age 18 on Jan. 11, 1861 as a musician in Co. L of the 1st Maine Cavalry and was mustered out on August 1, 1865.


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