Request for Gen. Shepley to find relative, Richmond, Va., 1865Item 76622 info
Maine Historical Society
Not all the requests Shepley received related to Maine soldiers -- or even to soldiers.
After Lee's surrender, while serving as military governor of Richmond in 1865, Shepley received a letter from Aaron B. Reid of Haverstraw, New York, asking Shepley to get a letter to Reid's sister, a resident of Richmond.
Reid wrote, "I have some relatives among the mis-guided & unfortunate citizens of Richmond..."
Reid also praised Shepley for his previous work as military governor of Louisiana, predicting that "the same urbanity, justice & kindness of heart, which caused you to be such a favorite among all classes at New Orleans, will win for you the same admiration at Richmond."