Pickering Dodge Allen
Pickering was the son of Lucy Pickering Dodge and John Fiske Allen. Pickering's grandfather was Pickering Dodge, a distinguised merchant with success in foreign commerce. His photo hangs in the Peabody Musum, Salem, Massachusetts.
This biographical sketch centers on the activities of Pickering Dodge Allen in Louisiana during the civil war and the surrender of the gunboat Diana to the Confederates.
Pickering was a second lieutenant with the Mass. 2nd battalion Cavalry December of 1861. The next time he appears he is a Lt. and is an aide de camp to Union Brig. Gen. G. Weitzel a Brigade Commander who is in Louisiana marching from New Orleans to the West and north in an attempt to seize control of the Red River and shut down Confederate activities along the Red and Mississippi Rivers.
Reference to Pickering D. Allen is found through out this campaign down here in Louisiana. From Morgan City, LA. along the Bayou Teche to Franklin LA. Pickering Dodge Allen ends up on the Bayou Teche in a gunboat (Diana) that is taken over by the Confederates and Pickering surrenders the boat in Franklin Louisiana around March 1863. He apparently dies June 2, 1863 but no information has been found on his death.
There are references to a book published entitled Memorial to Pickering Dodge Allen by his Father John Fisk Allen written in 1867.