date(s):
1862-1865
creator(s):
Allan, David, 1842-1917
subject(s):
Alabama; Civil War, 1861-1865; Georgia; Battles; Atlanta Campaign, 1864; Armed Forces
place(s):
United States; Missouri; Cape Girardeau, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
type(s):
Correspondence; Collection
A0017 Allan, David, Jr. Letters Inventory of David Allan, Jr., Letters A0017 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2016 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:25:28 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center David Allan, Jr., Letters Allan, David, 1842-1917 Brown, J. S. Robinson, John C. A0017 0.25 Cubic Feet (27 folders) 1862-1865 Processing Information Original finding aid by Jaime Bourassa, November 2012. Donor Information The original collection of letters comprising the dates December 2, 1863, to August 10, 1864, was donated by Charles A. Hamilton on April 13, 1968. Additional photocopies were donated by D.O. Cardwell on October 3, 1986. Biographical Sketch David Allan, Jr. (1842-1917) was mustered into service in the 29th Missouri Infantry (Union) at St. Louis in September 1862. He rose from the rank of private to captain, and was mustered out at Washington, D.C., in June 1865. He died December 21, 1917, at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Danville, Illinois. Scope and Contents The David Allan, Jr., Letters include letters written by Allan from Cape Girardeau and Patterson, Missouri, dated October to December 1862, which briefly describe conditions in southeast Missouri; letters written from Woodville, Alabama, dated January to March 1864; letters written from near Atlanta, dated July to August 1864, including brief accounts of the battles of Atlanta and Ezra Chapel; and account of the Grand Review in Washington, D.C. The collection also includes one letter from J.S. Brown, Louisiana, Missouri, to James Allan, August 2, 1864. Arrangement The letters are arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Material in this collection is in the public domain. Photocopies may not be reproduced. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Digital Copies The David Allan, Jr., Letters, except for the photocopies, were digitized by Jaime Bourassa in 2009. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory. Preferred Citation David Allan, Jr. Letters, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Alabama -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence United States -- Armed Forces United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 United States. Army. Missouri Infantry Regiment, 29th (1862-1865) Photocopies of 22 letters from David Allan, Jr., to his mother, brother James, and sister Anna while in military service with the 29th Missouri Infantry (Union) at Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paterson, Mo.; Helena, Ark.; and aboard the steamboat John Warner . (57 pages) A0017-00001 1862 Oct 23-Dec 20 1 1 Contemporary copy of letter [in David Allan, Jr.’s hand] from John G. Robinson, San Rafael, Cal., to David Allan, giving his nephew advice for his military life, and expressing his own desire to serve. Includes note on last page by Allan expressing admiration for his uncle. (4 pages) D01483 1863 Dec 2 Contemporary copy of letter of John C. Robinson, San Rafael, Cal., to his nephew, David Allan, December 2, 1863 1 2 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan. Describes his camp and the countryside. (3 pages, envelope) D01484 1864 Jan 27 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, January 27, 1864 1 3 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. I., Woodville, Ala., to Mrs. M.A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions his good health and the fine weather. (3 pages, envelope) D01396 1864 Jan 30 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. I., Woodville, Ala., to his mother Mrs. M.A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., January 30, 1864 1 4 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions his wish to set up a Glee Club to cultivate the musical talent within his camp. (3 pages, envelope) D01397 1864 Jan 31 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., January 31, 1864 1 5 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions the drilling and singing that takes place at camp. (3 pages) D01485 1864 Feb 4 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 4, 1864 1 6 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29 M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to Alex Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Describes the countryside, and mentions the death of Governor Gamble. (1 item, envelope) D01486 1864 Feb 8 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, Alex Allan, February 8, 1864 1 7 Letter from David Allan, Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Describes his new tent. (2 pages, envelope) D01160 1864 Feb 10 Letter signed David Allan, Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 10, 1864 1 8 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Comments on his new tent, and describes the local people as “pale as milk scared with water.” States his preference for Northern girls. (3 pages, envelope) D01161 1864 Feb 14 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 14, 1864 1 9 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Hd. Qrs. 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to Miss Anna Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Gives his sister advice on her studies. (3 pages, envelope) D01162 1864 Feb 15 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Hd. Qrs. 29th Mo. Vols., Woodville, Ala., to his sister Miss Anna Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 15, 1864 1 10 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to Mrs. M. A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions that he has been paid by the paymaster for the first time. (2 pages, envelope) D01487 1864 Feb 24 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his mother Mrs. M.A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 24, 1864 1 11 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Comments on the coming spring, and mentions a poem he and his brother used to read. (3 pages, envelope) D01488 1864 Feb 29 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., February 29, 1864 1 12 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Comments on the requirements for a regimental flag. (3 pages, envelope) D01489 1864 Mar 2 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., March 2, 1864 1 13 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Discusses regimental affairs and a book he is reading. Also gives his views on abolition, which are contrary to the views of others in his camp. (4 pages, envelope) D01490 1864 Mar 6 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., Woodville, Ala., to [his brother] Jim Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., March 6, 1864 1 14 Note from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, St. Louis, Mo. States that he is going to Huntsville, and he will write again when he returns. (1 item, envelope) D01508 1864 Mar 10 Note signed Dave Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, St. Louis, Mo., March 10, 1864 1 15 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Regt. M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Describes his visit to Huntsville. (3 pages, envelope) D01509 1864 Mar 16 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Regt. M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., March 16, 1864 1 16 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions a recent scouting mission. (3 pages, envelope) D01510 1864 Mar 20 Letter signed Dave Allan, Jr., Head Quarter 29th M.V.I., Woodville, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., March 20, 1864 1 17 Letter from Dave [David Allan, Jr.], Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., nr. Stevenson, Ala., to James Allan, St. Louis, Mo. Describes his regiment’s movements through Alabama. (1 item) D01511 1864 May 3 Letter signed Dave [David Allan, Jr.], Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., nr. Stevenson, Ala., to his brother, James Allan, St. Louis, Mo., May 3, 1864 1 18 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., near Kingston, Ga., to Mrs. M.A. Allan, St. Louis, Mo. Mentions his regiment’s fortune in only having three men wounded. (1 page, envelope) D01512 1864 May 20 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th M.V.I., near Kingston, Ga., to his mother Mrs. M.A. Allan, St. Louis, Mo., May 20, 1864 1 19 Letter from Dave [David Allan, Jr.], Adjutants Office 29th Mo. Inf., in the field, to James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions a recent thunderstorm in which fifteen men in his division were killed or wounded by lightning. (3 pages, envelope) D01513 1864 July 17 Letter signed Dave [David Allan, Jr.], Adjutant's Office, 29th Mo. Inf., in the field, to [his brother] Jim Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., July 17, 1864 1 20 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Adjutants Office 29th Mo. Infty., near Atlanta, Ga., to Mr. James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Discusses the Atlanta Campaign, calling it “the greatest campaign the world has ever seen.” (6 pages, envelope) D01514 1864 July 25 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Adjutant's Office, 29th Mo. Infty., near Atlanta, Georgia, to Jim Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., July 25, 1864 1 21 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Adjutants Office 29th Mo. Inf., near Atlanta, Ga., to Mrs. M.A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Describes skirmishes during the Atlanta Campaign. Also mentions casualties. (4 pages, envelope) D01515 1864 July 30 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Adjutant's Office 29th Mo. Inf., near Atlanta, Georgia, to his mother Mrs. M.A. Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., July 30, 1864 1 22 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., near Atlanta, Ga., to Mr. James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Discusses his love of the country and desire to be a farmer when the war ends. (3 pages, envelope) D01516 1864 Aug 2 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols., near Atlanta, Georgia, to his brother, Mr. Jas. Allan [James Allan], Saint Louis, Mo., August 2, 1864 1 23 Letter from J.S. Brown, Louisiana, Mo., to Mr. Jas. [James] Allan, St. Louis, Mo. Mentions a Fourth of July party he attended. (3 pages, envelope) D01518 1864 Aug 2 Letter signed J.S. Brown, Louisiana, Mo., to Mr. Jas. Allan [James Allan], St. Louis, Mo., August 2, 1864 1 24 Letter from David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., near Atlanta, Georgia, to Mr. James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Discusses his diet and corrects several mistakes from his brother’s previous letter. (3 pages, envelope) D01538 1864 Aug 6 Letter signed David Allan, Jr., Head Quarters 29th Mo. Vols. Inf., near Atlanta, Georgia, to Jim Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., August 6, 1864 1 25 Letter from Dave [David Allan, Jr.], Head Quarters 29th Regt. M.V.I., near Atlanta, Georgia, to Mr. James Allan, Saint Louis, Mo. Comments on the need for more men from the North to enlist to ensure a speedy end to the war. Also states his dislike for copperheads. (4 pages, envelope) D01539 1864 Aug 10 Letter signed Dave [Allan, Jr.], Head Quarters 29th Regt. M.V.I., near Atlanta, Georgia, to [his brother] Jim Allan, Saint Louis, Mo., August 10, 1864 1 26 Photocopies of 19 letters from David Allan, Jr. to his mother, father, brother James, and sister Anna while in military service with the 29th Missouri Infantry (Union) at Atlanta, Ga.; Crab Tree Creek, Fayetteville, and Raleigh, N.C.; Petersburg, Alexandria, and Manchester, Va.; and Brightwood Park, D.C. Also includes photocopies of letter signed W.H. Gray, near Atlanta, Georgia, to Annie Allan, August 15, 1864, and letter signed 1st Lieutenant Willie H. Gray, near Atlanta, Georgia, to [David Allan, Jr.?], August 15, 1864. (60 pages) A0017-00002 1864 Aug 15-1865 June 11 1 27