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Henry Drake, a fighting sutler with the 107th New York Infantry, wrote this letter from camp near Dallas, Georgia on June 1, 1864. In it, he details his unit's march to their current location and recounts their subsequent battles with Confederate soldiers. The letter also describes the death of Drake's fellow soldier and friend Will E. Vanauken, who Drake says he may have loved and thought too much of. Also included is an undated photograph of Drake.
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.