Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) to Stockton Bates
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.30
Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865)
Place Written: Brandy Station, Virginia
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 9 February 1864
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.3 x 24.7 cm.
Summary of Content: Has spent the last three days on picket, near a widow with 21 contraband slaves who refuse to leave her. ”They are a careless, happy set singing and dancing from sunrise to sunset; their enslaved condition affecting them but little.” Men are returning unwillingly from their month-furlough for three more years’ service.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Union Soldier’s Letter;, Soldier’s Letter;, Confederate States of America;, African American History;, Slavery;, Contrabands;, Women’s History;
Sub Era: The American Civil War
Background: Enlisted on 22 August 1861 as a Private; mustered into A company, 61st regiment, Pennsylvania, infantry. Promoted to sergeant 1 November 1864, when he was transferred from company A to company F. Mustered out on 28 June 1865 at Washington, D.C.Order Image