In March 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a Gettysburg mystery solved to Confederate mayhem upon the sea and a young soldier’s last letter before the Wilderness.
John Taylor Wood and the CSS Tallahassee evade Union blockaders off Wilmington, North Carolina and steam north to raid Yankee shipping near New York City. When the Navy comes looking for him, Wood heads northeast to find easier pickings.
Hoisting British colors aboard his CSS Tallahassee, Capt. John Taylor Wood stalks Yankee merchant ships plying Canadian waters near Cape Sable Island. He’s successful beyond his wildest dreams.
A few days before the 20th Maine Infantry heads into the Wilderness, a young private writes “a few lines” to his parents living in rural Piscataquis County, Maine.
Finishing his chatty letter to his parents back home in rural Maine, Alonzo Z. Parsons shoulders his rifle and gear and marches into the Wilderness with the 20th Maine. The letter makes it home.