Dwight S. Allen Civil War letters
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Dwight S. Allen Civil War letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Allen, Dwight S., 1843-1908
Title: Dwight S. Allen Civil War letters
Dates: 1864 June-August
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS549f

Biographical/Historical Note

Dwight S. Allen (1843-1908) was the son of George and H. Allen. He enlisted as a private in Company C, 22nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment on August 15, 1862. The 22nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was engaged in minor skirmishes and garrison duty in 1863. In March of 1863, the regiment was surrounded and taken captive at Thomson's Station, Tennessee, by General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The regiment, including Allen, was released on May 5, 1863. Allen participated in the Atlanta Campaign, including the siege of Atlanta, as well as the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign. He was mustered out of service as a corporal on June 12, 1865, in Washington, D.C. Dwight S. Allen died at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where he is buried. Additional biographical information about Dwight S. Allen has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two envelopes and three letters written by Dwight S. Allen during the Atlanta Campaign. One letter, addressed to his sister "Mary," informs her that there has been no change in position, although his company has orders to be prepared to move within three days. He tells "Mary" that he thinks the "reb" position is being flanked by other soldiers, and reports that the company is healthy. In another letter, addressed to his parents, brother, and sister, Allen writes that the "rebs" are very desperate and are reinforcing trenches with sharpened stakes. In the letter addressed to his mother, Allen writes about events over a three day period. He writes about entrenching his position; marching to join the rest of the corps; receiving mail and packages from home; reports from Petersburg; plans to destroy the railroad supplying Atlanta; and reports that he is in good health.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of the letters is included in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Dwight S. Allen Civil War letters, MSS 549f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1989

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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1Civil War letters, 1864 June-August View online.