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!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1864 June 15-Aug. 21
Inclusive dates
1864 June 15-Aug. 21
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letters, covering the period 15 June through 21 August 1864, written by Elisha O. Drake (1821-1901) to his wife Zibeah Cary Drake (b. 1812) and daughter Sarah Cary Drake (b. 1847) while he was serving in Company C of the 20th Maine Infantry during the Civil War. Most of the letters were written while his unit was stationed near Petersburg, Virginia. Topics include crossing the James River and other troop movements, his health, the weather, meals eaten and the shortage of rations and water, taking possession of the railroad from Richmond to Norfolk, wounds suffered by Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914) and Brig. Gen. Andrew Woods Denison (1831-1877), the unit's work digging trenches and constructing roads and fortifications, skirmishes and battles fought, the onset of the seige of Petersburg, his opinions of the war and its management by the officers, the taking of prisoners, Gen. Joseph Hooker (1814-1879) being relieved of his command, and the unit's participation in the Battle of Weldon Railroad. He also inquires about matters at home. In some cases, his wife uses the same letter to write him
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Biographical or historical data
Elisha O. Drake was born in Easton, Maine on 15 October 1821. He married Zibeah Cary (b. 1812) in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine on 2 August 1845. Drake was mustered into service on 29 August 1862, and served in Company C of the 20th Maine Infantry. He died on 28 June 1901.
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Vi
Form designation
Letters
Label
!UNKNOWN LABEL
Arrangement
Chronological.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
46
Immediate source of acquisition
Brian & Maria Green, Inc.
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000502271
Type of unit
p.

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