Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) to Stockton Bates
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.37
Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865)
Place Written: Annapolis, Maryland
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 21 April 1865
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.3 x 24.9 cm.
Summary of Content: Written from Camp Parole, where Union prisoners of war were held until they were exchanged with Confederate prisoners of war, then returned to their regiments. Expresses fear that every officer would apprehend him after he had been taken into custody. So few men have reported back that the camp appears deserted. Describes the recent day of mourning for Lincoln. While exploring camp, discovered a library of castaway volumes with a few interesting books.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Union Soldier’s Letter;, Soldier’s Letter;, Parole;, Confederate States of America;, Prisoner of War;, President, Lincoln Assassination;, Assassination, Death;, Library;, Literature and Language Arts;, Military Camp;
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