Pvt. John Sheahan on 'great raid,' Virginia, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Pvt. John Sheahan of Co. K of the 1st Maine Cavalry wrote to his father in Dennysville about the "great raid" that the regiment made. He wrote that they were near Richmond and tore up rail lines and destroyed "many important bridges."

Sheahan added that "the greatest fun" was being mistaken for Confederate soldiers.

He reported that his heath and spirits had improved since leaving winter quarters. "I think that I like soldiering better than I ever have before," he wrote.

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About This Item

  • Title: Pvt. John Sheahan on 'great raid,' Virginia, 1863
  • Creator: Sheahan, John Parris
  • Creation Date: 1863-05-09
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Town: Dennysville, Richmond
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 18 cm x 14.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 184, Box 1/4
  • Collection: John Parris Sheahan papers
  • Object Type: Text

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