Soldier excuse for absence, Boston, 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Patrick Melody of Portland, a private in Co. B of the 12th Maine Regiment, wrote to Col. George F. Shepley asking to be excused for being absent after a furlough.

He wrote that he was not a deserter and that "I will return this evening I remain your faithful soldier untill the Country is free."

Melody, an Irish immigrant, was 33 when he enlisted in November 1861. He was mustered out in 1866.

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  • Title: Soldier excuse for absence, Boston, 1861
  • Creator: Melody, Patrick
  • Creation Date: 1861-12-18
  • Subject Date: 1861-12-18
  • Town: Augusta, Boston
  • County: Kennebec, Suffolk
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20.4 cm x 12.4 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 1/1
  • Collection: George Foster Shepley papers
  • Object Type: Text

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