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Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) to Stockton Bates

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.40 Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) Place Written: Danville, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 May 1865 Pagination: 6 p. ; 20.4 x 24.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Was a prisoner of war a year ago here; has visited his old prison. Local attitudes towards the Union have changed due to Grant. "The conduct of the soldiers has been remarkable, when we consider the bitterness, the cruelty, the fiendishness with which the Southrons waged war upon us. I ascribe it to influence which intelligence and Christianity has upon the Northern people." Confederate money is worthless and the people are destitute. Freed slaves act in "mutinous conduct," and the soldiers must settle disputes.

Background Information: 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.See More

People: Allison, William A., fl. 1861-1865
Bates, Stockton, fl. 1861-1866

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterReconstructionPrisoner of WarPrison CampUnion GeneralConfederate States of AmericaReligionCoins and CurrencyAfrican American HistoryFreemenSlaveryPovertyMilitary LawFinance

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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