MEDIA
Dora Allison
Original Author: Charles R. Rees
Created: ca. 1862–1863
Medium: Hand-colored sixth-plate ambrotype

Dora Allison, Little Miss Bonnie Blue, the light of the Confederacy

Dora Allison, age three or four, wears mourning ribbons on her shoulders in this hand-colored ambrotype made by the Richmond photographer Charles R. Rees. The title of the image, Dora Allison, Little Miss Bonnie Blue, the light of the Confederacy, comes from an inscription written on the original case, which is now lost. Dora was probably the daughter of James W. Allison of Company C, 25th Virginia Infantry Battalion. According to the 1870 census, she was living with David and Jane Moore in Richmond, and the 1880 census listed her as the adopted daughter of J. E. (probably Jane) Moore. Doran may have been orphaned during the Civil War.

This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress. According to a member of the Liljenquist family Rees created images like this one "so that we would forever remember the true cost of this war."