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Collection Reference Number GLC02829.14
From Archive Folder Letters of the Allen Family, including five while on U.S. gunboats off South America 
Title George D. Allen to Mary Mayberry about family health, Will avoiding the draft and learning to read
Date 4 August 1864
Author Allen, George D. (fl. 1859-1864)  
Recipient Mayberry, Mary  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Says he received her letter of the "28th" on 3 August. Is glad their mother's health is better, but sorry to hear that "little Mary" is ill. Sends his love to Will and tells "him to keep out of the Draft as it is bad for young men." Says "I am glad you can make my letters out. I think I can write better after a while as my hand is so heavy. I am trying to learn to read also and Jack is helping me all he can[.] I wish I had of taken it in hand when I first came out." Sends further greetings to family members and closes by saying there is "no news here at present of any account." Postscript says "Only 4 months from to day good bye."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Navy  Soldier's Letter  Union Soldier's Letter  Health and Medical  Conscription  Education  
Place written Aboard USS Delaware on James River
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime; Children & Family; Education
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Sister  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater  
Civil War: Unit USS Delaware