The monotony of the siege at Petersburg

August 14th, 1864


Everything in our front is very quiet. Only a little shelling. Nights sometimes we have to turn out five or six times in a night. They cannot get one with our Camp our Breastworks are so high.

Source notes:

This letter was recently sold on eBay.

Letter written by John H. Frain, 16th Maine Infantry, Co. G. Date is August 1, 1864. He details recent news about the siege of Petersburg. See transcript excerpts below.

Frain was from Madison, ME and enlisted on 8/14/62 as a Corporal. He was taken prisoner on July 1st at Gettysburg (later paroled), then taken prisoner just 19 days after writing this letter, at Weldon Railroad, VA (later paroled).

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