A Guide to the Alfred Thompson Correspondence, 1861-1863 Thompson, Alfred Correspondence Ms1990-004

A Guide to the Alfred Thompson Correspondence, 1861-1863

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Collection Number Ms1990-004


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Collection Number
Alfred Thompson Correspondence, 1861-1863
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Thompson, Alfred

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Scope and Content

Union soldier in the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War; wounded in May 1864 and died in November in Martinsburg. Nine letters from Thompson in various camps in Virginia to David May of Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania. Compliments his own poetry and compares himself to Edgar Allen Poe, compares soldiering to prostitution, and describes conditions during McClellan's Peninsular Campaign.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865