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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.30 Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) Place Written: Brandy Station, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 February 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Has spent the last three days on picket, near a widow with 21 contraband slaves who refuse to leave her. "They are a careless, happy set singing and dancing from sunrise to sunset; their enslaved condition affecting them but little." Men are returning unwillingly from their month-furlough for three more years' service.

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

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Union Soldier's Letter, Soldier's Letter, Confederate States of America, African American History, Slavery, Contrabands, Women's History

Sub Era: The American Civil War