Luther Lawrence letter to brother, 1863

Contributed by North Yarmouth Historical Society


This is a letter from Luther Lawrence, a Civil War soldier from Maine to his brother in Maine, written June 2, 1863. In this letter, Luther discusses orders for his regiment to move to Fernandina, Florida, and the reputation of the 11th Maine volunteers as a well-disciplined regiment.

Members of the Lawrence family resided in Gray, Pownal and North Yarmouth. James Lawrence (1842-1939) of Pownal married Ellen Marston (1843-1937) of North Yarmouth in 1869, and they, along with their five children, resided at Riverside Farm (on North Road).

James and Luther both served in the 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered in on November 12, 1861. The 11th Maine saw service in Washington, DC, on the Potomac, in Ferdinando, Beaufort, S.C., and back to Richmond.

Luther went with them from the beginning through all their assignments until he died in the battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, on August 16, 1864 (specifically at Fussell's Mill, Va. The battle was part of the attack on Richmond). James was wounded in the battle.

Luther was the eldest son of Nathaniel Sawtelle Lawrence and Mary Ann Harris Lawrence. James was four years younger.

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  • Title: Luther Lawrence letter to brother, 1863
  • Creator: Luther Lawrence
  • Creation Date: 1863-06-02
  • Subject Date: 1863-06-10
  • Locations:
    • Pownal, Cumberland County, ME
    • Gray, Cumberland County, ME
    • Beaufort, SC
    • Fernandina, FL
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 21 cm x 17 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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