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Collection Number: 05466-z

Collection Title: James E. Decker Letters, 1862-1865

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Size About 50 items
Abstract James E. Decker of Baldwinsville, N.Y., was a Union soldier during the Civil War. He served in Battery B of the 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment, also known as Pettit's Battery. Decker was promoted to corporal on 10 December 1862 and was later promoted to sergeant on 1 September 1863. The collection contains photostats of letters written by James E. Decker, chiefly from Virginia, to his father, Andrew Decker, and his sister, Frances Decker, regarding his wartime experiences.
Creator Decker, James E.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James E. Decker Letters #5466-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. George McLellan in June 2010 (Acc. 101304).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James E. Decker of Baldwinsville, N.Y., was a Union soldier during the Civil War. He served in Battery B of the 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment, also known as Pettit's Battery. Decker was promoted to corporal on 10 December 1862 and was later promoted to sergeant on 1 September 1863.

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The collection contains photostats of letters written by James E. Decker, chiefly from Virginia, to his father, Andrew Decker, and his sister, Frances Decker, regarding his experiences as a Union soldier during the Civil War.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Matt Dailey and Rachel Shope, March 2011

Encoded by: Matt Dailey, March 2011

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