June 7, 1861 letter from William Wyer Bradbury (1843-1901), "Willie", in Machias, Maine, to his brother James True Bradbury (1840-1863), serving in Company A at Fort Sullivan in Eastport, Maine.
The letter features a sketch by Willie of Jefferson Davis hanging in effigy. The letter was written after the attack of April 1861 on Fort Sumter in South Carolina, and contains the implication that James would be leaving Fort Sullivan, presumably for war.
Sadly, James did not survive the war; he died in the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station in Virginia, in November of 1863.
Mentioned in the letter:
- James True Bradbury (1840-1863)
- William Wyer Bradbury (1843-1901), "Willie"
- Hen's cap - perhaps the brothers' infant brother Henry W. Bradbury (1860-1862) or a soldier serving with James
- Ike - perhaps Isaac Snow Bradbury (1840-1866), lost at sea while in the U.S. Navy
- George Allen - he may have been George H. Allen (abt 1842-1915), who also served in the Civil War and was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia
- Mother - presumably Eliza (Webber) Bradbury (1810-1893)
- Father - Wyer Bradbury (1814-1882)
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Despite the map below, bear in mind that travel between Machias and Eastport was just as likely to have occurred by sea.
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