William H. Allen papers

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Includes a copy of Allen's will dividing his eight slaves between his wife and nephew. Most of the other items refer to John Allen of Edgefield District, S.C., revealing his exemption from conscription because of physical disability in 1863; wartime scarcity; and high prices. A letter, 1866, of H. Allen, a sharecropper tenant in Holly Springs, Miss., deals with his family's losses during a typhoid epidemic in the preceding year.

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