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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.37 Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) Place Written: Annapolis, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written from Camp Parole, where Union prisoners of war were held until they were exchanged with Confederate prisoners of war, then returned to their regiments. Expresses fear that every officer would apprehend him after he had been taken into custody. So few men have reported back that the camp appears deserted. Describes the recent day of mourning for Lincoln. While exploring camp, discovered a library of castaway volumes with a few interesting books.

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, Parole, Confederate States of America, Prisoner of War, President Lincoln Assassination, Assassination Death, Library, Literature and Language Arts, Military Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War