John P. Sheahan on Fredericksburg battle, 1862

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Pvt. John P. Sheahan (1842-1894) of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his father in Dennysville about the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 11-15, 1862.

"I am safe and so is William," he wrote, referring to his brother, a sergeant in the 6th Maine Infantry, that also was involved in the battle.

"We were whipped," he wrote of the Union loss.

Sheahan asked his father to send him several items, including newspaper accounts of the battle.

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  • Title: John P. Sheahan on Fredericksburg battle, 1862
  • Creator: John Parris Sheahan
  • Creation Date: 1862-12-18
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Location: Fredericksburg, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 17.7 cm x 11.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/2
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text

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