W. B. Adams from Alexandria, 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


William B. Adams of Raymond, a musician in Co. K of the 5th Maine Infantry, wrote to "Sir," probably his father, Isaac, from Alexandria, Virginia, in 1861.

After discussing various family members, he wrote, "It seems a though you get some curious news. The boys think you hear more than they do." He then reported on a "fracas" at Falls Church in which "quite a number" were killed.

Adams (1842-1922) noted that he had not been mustered into the U.S. forces yet and his unit was still wearing state uniforms.

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About This Item

  • Title: W. B. Adams from Alexandria, 1861
  • Creator: Adams, William Bryant
  • Creation Date: 1861-08-30
  • Subject Date: 1861
  • Town: Alexandria, Casco
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 371, Box 1/2
  • Collection: William Bryant Adams Civil War letters and diaries
  • Object Type: Text

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