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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.38 Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) Place Written: Annapolis, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Describes how marching to the front now is somewhat different now than a year ago because their army is much more victorious. Reacts to presidential communication with Britain; wonders about Canada. Written from Camp Parole, where Union prisoners of war were held until they were exchanged with Confederate prisoners of war, until being returned to their regiments.

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, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Canada, Prisoner of War, Military Camp, Parole

Sub Era: The American Civil War