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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.

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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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
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... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
...we now have no possible hope for the success of our cause. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
April 13, 1865

April 13, 1865

2019-01-2600:02:51

 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... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
April 10, 1865

April 10, 1865

2019-01-2500:02:58

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... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
April 6, 1865

April 6, 1865

2019-01-2400:02:42

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... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
April 2, 1865

April 2, 1865

2019-01-2300:03:14

Poor little Ida I can almost see her crying now... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
March 22, 1865

March 22, 1865

2019-01-0400:03:02

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 them at a future day... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
March 14, 1865

March 14, 1865

2019-01-0300:02:33

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 good health... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
February 14, 1865

February 14, 1865

2019-01-0200:02:50

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
December 25, 1864

December 25, 1864

2018-12-3100:03:14

 I know you will think of the absent me while eating the Christmas dinner I have nothing but dry bread for mine. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
November 27, 1864

November 27, 1864

2018-12-3000:02:40

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
November 21, 1864

November 21, 1864

2018-12-1100:03:24

A good many sick & wounded are being exchanged there is some talk of our following soon doubtful I expect... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 25, 1864

October 25, 1864

2018-10-0300:02:40

We are in very comfortable quarters although rather cool at this time for a southern clime... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 16, 1864

October 16, 1864

2018-10-0200:03:01

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
October 12, 1864

October 12, 1864

2018-07-1900:02:15

Sarah Allen's Loyalty Oath...no kidding. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
September 9, 1864

September 9, 1864

2018-07-1800:02:58

Six hundred of us left Delaware on the 20th last month and landed at this place... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 29, 1864

August 29, 1864

2018-07-1700:02:14

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... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 20, 1864

August 20, 1864

2018-07-1600:01:50

I leave immediately for South Carolina whence ‘tis thought we will be exchanged... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
August 18, 1864

August 18, 1864

2018-06-2900:02:36

How are my little darlings tell them I look at them every day and wish I could see them... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/henryaallen/support
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