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Van Laer, Edward to Charley Taft

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00653.23 Author/Creator: Van Laer, Edward Place Written: Yorktown Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 April 1862 Pagination: 3 p.

Summary of Content: Van Laer served in the 1st Battery of the New York Independent Volunteers. Discusses the Battle of Yorktown.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Battle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterBattle

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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