The 107th New York Infantry was a notable Civil War unit seeing heavy combat at Antietam, Maryland and at New Hope Church, Georgia. An original Civil War Letter from Pvt William E Vanauken "Camp near Fairfax Station, Va", January 12th, 1863 to his Sister: He and Frank are well, if Will has been in battle he knows what it is to see men slaughtered, somewhat worse than killing hogs, if you have seen the battlefield as I have "you have seen the elephant", bullets buzzing around your ears like a swarm of bees, and shells a buzzing. He still has not been paid by Uncle Sam. If a man lives through this war he is tough as iron, names friends he has written to, etc, signed Your Affectionate Brother, William E. 2pp 8 x 12 ink signed.
Edge wear, age stains, Overall VG. Comes w postal cover addressed to Mr Ezra Sawyer, Breesport, Chemung County, NY, w cancelled stamp Comes w service info: Vanauken was promoted from private to sergeant and after having survived many fights including the Battle of Antietam, was Killed in Action at the Battle of New Hope Church, Georgia, May 25, 1864. General Orders and other imprints. All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.PLEASE READ DETAILS OF THE ITEM DESCRIPTION. I TRY TO DESCRIBE ALL ITEMS ACCURATELY. The item "CIVIL WAR LETTER SOLDIER SEEING THE ELEPHANT KILLED IN ACTION" is in sale since Sunday, February 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "99counties" and is located in Winterville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, Mexico.