Thank you note for Shepley donation, New Orleans, 1862Item 72082 info
Maine Historical Society
In the midst of the political issues, Shepley financially supported various schools and other social services, perhaps to help offset the devastating effects of the war and the negative feelings in some quarters about the Union occupation.
In July 1862, Mary E. Randall, secretary of the Board of Managers of the Children's Home of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New Orleans, thanked Shepley for a $50 donation.
She wrote, "The present Financial distress of the City, renders this unsolicited donation truly acceptable."