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Scope and Contents One letter (December 13, 1864) from Union soldier Capt. Benjamin F. Oakes of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery to J. G. Richardson. The letter was written from "in the field" near Petersburg, Virginia. Oakes describes in detail the destruction of the Weldon Railroad by Union troops and the burning buildings in Sussex Courthouse. VA. Oakes was originally from Old Town, Maine and resided post-war in East Tawas, Michigan.
Found in: Virginia Military Institute Archives