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Allison, Eben (fl. 1861-1865) [Collection of Eben Allison, A company, 15th regiment, Pennsylvania, cavalry]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.24 Author/Creator: Allison, Eben (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: [various places] Type: Various Date: 1862-1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Allison served in the 15th Pa. Cavalry, "Anderson's Cavalry." Allison's correspondence mentions Murfreesboro (Stones River), Chattanooga, second battle of Dalton (in Georgia against Confederate General Wheeler), Nashville, guerillas, the Presidential election of 1864, and Parson Brownlow. The collection also includes telegraphs, a rare broadside and a cardboard note to his father. Excellent battle and political content.

People: Allison, Eben, fl. 1861-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Cavalry, Battle, Politics, Confederate General or Leader, Battle of Nashville, Battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro), Confederate States of America, Guerrilla Warfare, Government and Civics, Election, President Children and Family

Sub Era: The American Civil War