Isaac Starbird letter to Rebecca Usher, Litchfield, 1865

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Isaac W. Starbird of Litchfield, who was a captain with the 19th Maine Regiment during the Civil War, wrote to Rebecca Usher of Hollis who was a nurse at army hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to thank her for her work during the war and send her a picture of himself.

Starbird was wounded at Gettysburg and encountered Usher at a hospital. He wrote that he wanted her to have a reminder of him "who so thankfully received the many visits y'r kindness prompted you to favor him with."

Starbird, who was 23 when he enlisted, became a colonel and commander of the 19th Maine, and, after the war, became a physician.

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  • Title: Isaac Starbird letter to Rebecca Usher, Litchfield, 1865
  • Creator: Isaac Warren Starbird
  • Creation Date: 1865-07-18
  • Subject Date: circa 1863
  • Locations:
    • Hollis, York County, ME
    • Litchfield, Kennebec County, ME
    • Gettysburg, PA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 9, Box 1/1
  • Collection: Rebecca Usher papers
  • Object Type: Text

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