The Civil War Letters of Henry A. Allen

The Civil War Letters of Henry A. Allen

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Brought to you by The Rogue Historian.The Civil War Letters of Henry A. Allen, Captain, Company A, 9th Virginia Regiment. Allen was captured at Gettysburg on July 3rd, 1863. These are the letters written to his wife while held in Union prisons between 1863 and 1865. Allen would survive the war and later join a group of Confederate veterans known as the Immortal 600.Henry A. Allen’s private correspondence is housed at the Albert and Shirley Small Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support


Final Thoughts on the Letters of Henry A. Allen
Apr 25 • 2 min
Allen returned home and resumed his work as a brick mason, contractor, and builder and lived out the remainder of his life in Portsmouth. He died on July 7, 1912 and is buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia. —- Send in a voice…
May 6, May 16, May 23, May 26 1865
Apr 24 • 6 min
I hope this is my last letter to you while a prisoner as the news is that the order for our release is at this post how true it is I am not able to say… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
April 25, April 28, May 4 1865
Apr 22 • 6 min
…we now have no possible hope for the success of our cause. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
April 13, 1865
Jan 26 • 2 min
We have indeed met with sad reverses within the last three weeks but I am not as yet hopeless and still trust something good may turn up… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
April 10, 1865
Jan 25 • 2 min
Since we have been here we have heard nothing but bad news this morning it is reported that Genl Lee has surrendered with his whole army bad news for our cause if true… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this…
April 6, 1865
Jan 24 • 2 min
No doubt you have heard ere this of the evacuation of Richmond. Rather sad news but I am willing and satisfied if our authorities think it best no doubt… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
April 2, 1865
Jan 23 • 3 min
Poor little Ida I can almost see her crying now… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
March 22, 1865
Jan 4 • 3 min
I was much surprised to find Ida so very different from what I expected so soft and easy in her manners when I thought she would be wild and noisy as when I left her they are both sweet children and both pretty and I trust we may both live to be proud of…
March 14, 1865
Jan 3 • 2 min
At any rate I had the pleasure of seeing my dear wife & children and feel very thankful after being separated so long it is time I had but a short time to remain with you but it was a source of great gratification to find you and the little ones in such…
February 14, 1865
Jan 2 • 2 min
Since I wrote you last I have been quite sick confined to my bunk for ten or twelve days. I am now getting along pretty well my eyesight gets no better I have given up reading cannot read my bible. —- Send in a voice message:…
December 25, 1864
Dec 31, 2018 • 3 min
I know you will think of the absent me while eating the Christmas dinner I have nothing but dry bread for mine. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
November 27, 1864
Dec 30, 2018 • 2 min
Ah: how I would like to see all of you if but for a few moments 2 ½ years since we parted well do I remember that day. How much longer it will be but one knows. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
November 21, 1864
Dec 11, 2018 • 3 min
A good many sick & wounded are being exchanged there is some talk of our following soon doubtful I expect… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 25, 1864
Oct 3, 2018 • 2 min
We are in very comfortable quarters although rather cool at this time for a southern clime… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 16, 1864
Oct 2, 2018 • 3 min
There is a rumor that we will leave here shortly our destination Savannah Georgia merely rumor but do not let it stop you from answering this. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
October 12, 1864
Jul 19, 2018 • 2 min
Sarah Allen’s Loyalty Oath…no kidding. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 9, 1864
Jul 18, 2018 • 2 min
Six hundred of us left Delaware on the 20th last month and landed at this place… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 29, 1864
Jul 17, 2018 • 2 min
I have been quite sick since being here having had another attack of rush of blood to the head but I am better at this time… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 20, 1864
Jul 16, 2018 • 1 min
I leave immediately for South Carolina whence ‘tis thought we will be exchanged… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 18, 1864
Jun 29, 2018 • 2 min
How are my little darlings tell them I look at them every day and wish I could see them… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 12, 1864
Jun 28, 2018 • 2 min
Dear Sarah I expect we are again to change our prison home as we have a rumor here that some of us will leave tomorrow for Charleston SC… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
August 10, 1864
May 1, 2018 • 2 min
Dear Sarah try and arrange it with some of my friends so as to send me something I do not care what it is… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 4, 1864
Apr 30, 2018 • 2 min
None of my Portsmouth friends answer my letters regularly… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 2, 1864
Apr 27, 2018 • 2 min
I have often thought if he has forgotten who buried his poor mother when the yellow fever was there in 55 and he, dutiful son, had left the place… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
July 29, 1864
Apr 26, 2018 • 2 min
Would to the Lord it was in my power to assist you how much better could I bear my imprisonment if I could only know you and my dear children could have what you wished… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this…
July 19, 1864
Apr 25, 2018 • 3 min
Mr. Handy is here with us and has been here for twelve months he looks quite venerable with his hair as long as a lady’s flowing down his back… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
July 8, 1864
Apr 24, 2018 • 2 min
It is not pleasant to be engaged in battle but I would ten times rather take chances charging a battery of artillery than remain here… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
July 6, 1864
Apr 23, 2018 • 2 min
Lucky I am not… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
June 26, 1864
Apr 20, 2018 • 2 min
You will form the above see that I am again at my former prison —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
June 22, 1864
Apr 19, 2018 • 2 min
It is highly possible we will leave this place when I do not know but it is supposed very soon as they seem to be making preparations to take us somewhere… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
June 20, 1864
Apr 18, 2018 • 2 min
If I only had the material I would have some necklaces made… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
June 14, 1864
Apr 17, 2018 • 3 min
You say you are quite thin and not as large as when I left home. I should judge from the picture that you were larger by thirty pounds… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
June 12, 1864
Apr 16, 2018 • 2 min
The shirts you sent me came in box also, for which I thank you kindly they fit well I have one on at this time… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
June 3, 1864
Apr 13, 2018 • 2 min
It was indeed a pleasure to look upon the faces of the dear loved ones not seen for so long a time… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
June 1, 1864
Apr 12, 2018 • 3 min
Dear Sarah the pleasure it gives me to hear from you all and to know you are all enjoying the blessing of health… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
May 22, 1864
Apr 11, 2018 • 2 min
As you say many a loving heart has been made sad many a fond wife will wait anxiously for the dear one who will never return, many the dear little ones who will be left father[le]ss by this civil war… —- Send in a voice message:…
May 21, 1864
Apr 10, 2018 • 3 min
Brother has been transferred to another Battery, and I am sorry to say has been badly wounded and had to have his leg taken off… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
May 12, 1864
Apr 9, 2018 • 2 min
I am truly glad to hear that Aunt Mary is getting better and trust she will regain her former good health… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
May 5, 1864
Apr 6, 2018 • 3 min
Do you suppose I would much rather have the pleasure of looking at the faces of my dear wife & children than to have money when so many chances are against my ever seeing their dear faces again God only knows whether I shall ever be allowed that pleasure…
April 15, 1864
Apr 5, 2018 • 2 min
Almost every letter conveys to me the intelligence of the death of some of our Portsmouth folks. it pains me much to hear of so much sickness there. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
April 10, 1864
Apr 4, 2018 • 2 min
I was again pained to learn that the hand of death had visited Mollie’s family they have indeed been sorely afflicted Mother and Brother taken from them in so short a time… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this…
April 2, 1864
Apr 3, 2018 • 2 min
Would that I could come to you all never to be parted again, but rather than come as some have I would sooner die and I know you feel as I do on that subject. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
March 29, 1864
Apr 2, 2018 • 2 min
If I should be so fortunate as to be exchanged I hardly think I would be allowed time to send for you as it is very likely I should have to go to the army although it would be a great pleasure to see you all… —- Send in a voice message:…
March 25, 1864
Mar 30, 2018 • 2 min
We moved last Tuesday evening and had a heavy snow storm that night which was not very comfortable. it is now raining and will end with quite a storm I think… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
March 19, 1864
Mar 29, 2018 • 2 min
Three lots of officers and men have left here to be exchanged the last left on Thursday. I hope to be among the next… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
March 8, 1864
Mar 28, 2018 • 2 min
I was very sorry to hear of the imprisonment of Mr. Bain & Uncle Joe… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
March 1, 1864
Mar 27, 2018 • 2 min
May God in his infinite mercy bless my dear ones at home and spare us all to meet again… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
February 23, 1864
Mar 26, 2018 • 2 min
I have been waiting very patiently for an answer to my letter and I assure you it was a source of much pleasure to me to get a letter from you… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
February 14, 1864
Mar 23, 2018 • 2 min
You will no doubt as this reaches you have heard of the removal of some officers from Johnsons Island to this place… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
February 3, 1864
Mar 22, 2018 • 2 min
I am sorry to learn that the small pox is in Portsmouth you must be careful with the children and do not let them run out… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
January 27, 1864
Mar 21, 2018 • 2 min
I was truly sorry to hear of the death of Jordan. Many more will meet with the same fate. It is a hard life in any prison… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
January 9, 1864
Mar 20, 2018 • 2 min
It has been rumored here that we would be sent to Pt. Lookout… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
January 5, 1864
Mar 19, 2018 • 2 min
It was a sad christmas to us all dear Sarah but I trust the next will be better… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
December 30, 1863
Mar 16, 2018 • 2 min
Would that I was in Richmond I would certainly send for you and my dear children and place you in some place more pleasant than where you are now… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…
December 24, 1863
Mar 15, 2018 • 2 min
Tomorrow is Christmas Day no doubt you will spend a lonely one… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
December 15, 1863
Mar 14, 2018 • 2 min
Thanks to the good Lord I am enjoying good health and trust it may continue so… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
December 5, 1863
Mar 13, 2018 • 2 min
I do not wish you to put yourself to any trouble… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
December 2, 1863
Mar 12, 2018 • 2 min
I thought it best to pen you a few lines… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
November 19, 1863
Mar 9, 2018 • 3 min
Thanks to the good Lord I am up again although not well… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 27, 1863
Mar 8, 2018 • 2 min
I am much better than when I last wrote and will I trust soon be hearty again… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 25, 1863
Mar 7, 2018 • 3 min
Yes to be with you and know that this cruel war is over… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 23, 1863
Mar 6, 2018 • 3 min
I am at this time quite sick - suffering with sore throat, fever, and head ache… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 14, 1863
Mar 5, 2018 • 2 min
I was indeed sorry to hear of your sickness… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 29, 1863
Mar 2, 2018 • 2 min
No doubt dear Sallie, you think my letters are cold and formal… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 23, 1863
Mar 1, 2018 • 2 min
I could not think eleven days had rolled around since I wrote you… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 16, 1863
Feb 28, 2018 • 2 min
You will not be able to remain in Richmond, I do not think… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 9, 1863
Feb 27, 2018 • 3 min
You speak of passing through many trials… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 1, 1863
Feb 26, 2018 • 3 min
Would that I could meet you there… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 29, 1863
Feb 23, 2018 • 2 min
It is indeed a dull and monotonous life we spend here. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 20, 1863
Feb 22, 2018 • 2 min
Money does not last long here… —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 14, 1863
Feb 21, 2018 • 3 min
We would all rather be in Dixie —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 11, 1863
Feb 20, 2018 • 2 min
A discussion of letters and money. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 4, 1863
Feb 19, 2018 • 3 min
The very first in the collection…discussing money. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
Introducing Henry A. Allen
Feb 18, 2018 • 3 min
Let’s get to know a little about the soldier and begin to think about what this set of letters can tell us about the war and the people of the Civil War era. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast:…