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Allen, George D. (fl. 1859-1864) to Mary Mayberry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02829.14 Author/Creator: Allen, George D. (fl. 1859-1864) Place Written: Aboard USS Delaware on James River Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 August 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Says he received her letter of the "28th" on 3 August. Is glad their mother's health is better, but sorry to hear that "little Mary" is ill. Sends his love to Will and tells "him to keep out of the Draft as it is bad for young men." Says "I am glad you can make my letters out. I think I can write better after a while as my hand is so heavy. I am trying to learn to read also and Jack is helping me all he can[.] I wish I had of taken it in hand when I first came out." Sends further greetings to family members and closes by saying there is "no news here at present of any account." Postscript says "Only 4 months from to day good bye."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Navy, Soldier's Letter, Union Soldier's Letter, Health and Medical, Conscription, Education

Sub Era: The American Civil War