Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) to Stockton Bates
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.12
Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865)
Place Written: Forest Oak, Virginia
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 22 March 1863
Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.3 x 25 cm.
Summary of Content: Describes the lack of religion in camp; his regiment has not had a chaplain since the battle of Fair Oaks (which took place 31 May and 1 June 1862). Comments on the Copperhead attempts to divide the North and its impact on the soldiers. There are several intelligent men in his company, though the majority have a common school education and a few are uneducated.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Union Soldier’s Letter;, Soldier’s Letter;, Education, Religion;, Battle;, Copperheads;, Politics;
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