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This letter from the Quartermaster General's Office in Washington, D.C. includes an itemized list of the clothing and supplies that had been forwarded to Portland.

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Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland


Quartermaster General’s Office

Washington, D.C., July 16th 1866

Hon. A.E. Stevens


Portland Me.


I have the honor to inform you that in compliance with your request (telegraphic) of the 14th inst. and in accordance with a telegram from Gen’l Perry of this office dated Portland July 14th 1866. The following articles of inferior and worn & damaged Clothing & Equipage have been ordered to Capt Henry [ ] at Portland for the use of the sufferers by the recent fire in your city.

4000 Woolen Blankets 565 Tin Cups

1029 Shirts 24 Spoons

1500 Camp Kettles (800 new) 500 Sack Coats

891 Mess Pans 500 Sack Coats

3035 Bed Sacks 500 Prs Shoes

1696 Prs Drawers 500 " Stockings

I know supplies have been ordered to be forwarded with the least possible delay from the dépôts at Boston New York, Phila, and Washington. Capt [ ] has been informed in regard thereto, and directed to turn over the property to you as required, and to take your receipts for the same. [ ? ]

Very Respectfully &

Yr Obdt Servant

[ ? ]

QM General

The hospital furniture and other articles, except knives, called for on Gen’l Perry’s telegram, will be forwarded at once by the Medical Dept. Knives are not furnished by the QM Dept, and none are on hand in the Medical Dept.


QM General

Letter from the Quartermaster General's Office, Washington, D.C., to Mayor Stevens of Portland



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