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.
About This Item
- 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
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Maine--Civil War, 1861-1865
- Military deserters--Maine--Portland
- Military service, Voluntary
- Military service--1860-1870
- Recruiting & enlistment--1860-1870
- United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1864) Company B
- United States. Army.--Leaves and furloughs
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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