Sheahan description of Bull Run battlefield, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Pvt. John Sheahan of the 1st Maine Cavalry, in a letter to his father in Dennysville, described crossing the Bull Run battlefield.

"Here we saw the bones of those who had been killed in that bloody battle," he wrote. "Oh how desolate that place looks I shuddered while we were on it."

He also described the Battle of Middleburg, which he had mentioned in a previous letter. He wrote that "never has there been such hard cavalry fighting as there has been since we left the Rappahannock and what is best of all we have licked the rebs every time."

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  • Title: Sheahan description of Bull Run battlefield, 1863
  • Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
  • Creation Date: 1863-06-23
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Town: Middleburg
  • County: Loudoun
  • State: VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.5 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/4
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text

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