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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.23.10 Author/Creator: Allison, William A. (fl.1861-1865) Place Written: Forest Oak, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 March 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Complains about the slow news to arrive from Philadelphia or New York. Describes the visits of local citizens to their camp out of curiosity. The Regiment has several POWs under charge of desertion. Mentions black soldiers, one of whom escaped from his master during a battle. Describes alcohol use.

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, Prisoner of War, Confederate States of America, Desertion, Prisoner Alcohol, African American History, African American Troops, Contrabands, Runaway Slave, Slavery

Sub Era: The American Civil War