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William E. VanAuken Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1970

William E. VanAuken of Company D of the 107th New York Infantry wrote this letter to his sister and brother-in-law from Shelbyville, Tennessee on 1863 January 7. In it, he discusses the weather and mentions that the 145th N.Y. Volunteers have recently been disbanded, saying that Their is one company here with us now. They we got up in New York. They are Bowery Boys... The letter is fairly brief and includes the envelope that it was mailed in.

Dates

  • 1863 January 7

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

William E. VanAuken of Company D of the 107th New York Infantry wrote this letter to his sister and brother-in-law from Shelbyville, Tennessee on 1863 January 7. In it, he discusses the weather and mentions that the 145th N.Y. Volunteers have recently been disbanded, saying that Their is one company here with us now. They we got up in New York. They are Bowery Boys... The letter is fairly brief and includes the envelope that it was mailed in.

Biographical/Historical Note

William E. VanAuken was born to John and Emma (Vredenburg) VanAuken in about 1841. He had at least one sister, Elizabeth, who married Ezra O. Sawyer on 23 December 1859. VanAuken mustered into Company D of the 107th New York Infantry as a Private on 7 August 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on 10 April 1863 and to Sergeant on 5 March 1864. He was killed in action at the Battle of Dallas in Georgia on 25 May 1865.

The 107th New York Infantry was the first Union regiment organized following President Lincoln's second call for three-year regiments. They saw action at Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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