In the first letter, written January 25, 1916, the men urge Bankhead to work to keep the United States out of the war, though they support the fortification of coastal cities: "Vote for the bills to stop Americans from traveling on beligrent vesels...
During the Civil War, James Hall served as a captain in Company K of the 24th Alabama Infantry regiment. In the letter he describes the Battles of Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge, giving details about positions, orders, casualties, and prisoners....
From May 1861 to June 1862 John Hall served in the 6th Alabama Infantry. In the letter he discusses activities and conditions in camp; the health of his fellow soldiers; traveling through Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi ("I wish I had...
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