Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) to Stockton Bates
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.10
Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865)
Place Written: Forest Oak, Virginia
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 7 March 1863
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.4 x 25.2 cm.
Summary of Content: Complains about the slow news to arrive from Philadelphia or New York. Describes the visits of local citizens to their camp out of curiosity. The Regiment has several POWs under charge of desertion. Mentions black soldiers, one of whom escaped from his master during a battle. Describes alcohol use.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Union Soldier’s Letter;, Soldier’s Letter;, Prisoner of War;, Confederate States of America;, Desertion;, Prisoner, Alcohol;, African American History;, African American Troops;, Contrabands;, Runaway Slave;, Slavery;
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