Keywords: Army of the Potomac
The War was not going well for the Union and in the summer of 1862, when President Lincoln called for an additional 300,000 troops, it was not a surprise to see so many men enlist in an attempt to bring proper leadership into the Army.
Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.
Eager to deal with the "Sesech" [Secessionists], young deepwater sailor John Monroe Dillingham of Freeport enlisted in the U.S. Navy as soon as he returned from a long voyage in 1862. His letters and those of his family offer first-hand insight into how one individual viewed the war.
… you may rest assured that the Grand army of the Potomac is to be recruited and filled up to its former strength, and that no hostile demonstrations…
They were encamped overlooking the Potomac and Alexandria Rivers near Franconia, in Fairfax County, Virginia two months after their involvement at…