Cpl. Milliken letter to parents, Louisiana, 1863

Contributed by Rick Milliken through Scarborough Historical Society & Museum

Cpl. Milliken letter to parents, Louisiana, 1863

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Melville Milliken, who enlisted in Co. C of the 12th Maine Regiment as a corporal on Nov, 15, 1861, wrote to his parents in Scarborough during his service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

On January 15, 1863, Melville wrote of a box sent home via Lt. Edward Pillsbury. He discussed the process of government officials inspecting the box, and how they rearranged the contents. He also described the contents, including several letters.

Later in 1863, he was promoted to sergeant.

He mentioned that Horatio Hight, who had been 1st lieutenant of Co. C but resigned shortly before this letter was written, would be delivering more letters home, and told his folks what to do with the letters if he should die during the war.

He also told his parents that he had a picture taken and wanted to look "saveage."

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  • Title: Cpl. Milliken letter to parents, Louisiana, 1863
  • Creator: Melville Milliken
  • Creation Date: 1863-01-15
  • Subject Date: 1863-01-15
  • Location: Scarborough, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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