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The History of Wayne County, N.Y. on Arcadia (now Newark and Palmyra) has a Civil War soldiers' list in which Philip Nearpass appears. He belonged to the Union Army, Company I, 17th Cavalry and was enlisted in l86l and killed on August 20, 1864. The letters are to his sister Libbie Nearpass who lived in Arcadia. Elbridge G. Austin who is mentioned in one of Philip Nearpass' letters also appears on the soldiers' list; he belonged to Company E, lllth Infantry, n.d. The owners of the original letters, Mr. and Mrs. Scheer of Fairville, N.Y. are the descendants of the Austin family of Arcadia.