New Orleans. La. May 25 1863 Mr & Mrs Z. York Dr. Friends. It is with great pain I am in duty bound to refer your feelings again to the death of your son Galutia. When it occurred, the Co was near Alexandria & I was in Genl Hospital at Franklin. I saw him last a few days before his death when I came down to Brashear City he greeted me cheer- fully. I made the remark that he was looking better than he had been. he said he thought he was doing well. I told him to take care of himself & make him- self comfortable as possible. He was then in camp. When I came down to Brashear on the removal of the Hospital at Franklin, I was astonished to learn from the lips of his Uncle, that Galutia was dead. From the symptoms as described to me & the suddeness, I am led to believe he must have had a disease of the heart. I have not been officially notified yet of his death & cannot say what the Surgeons assign as the cause of it. His accounts shall be made out & a statement sent to you at the earliest moment. Also I will send by Express his little articles of interest to you. The Regiment is now on the way to the bloody field of Port Hudson. I shall join it here & go up. All our baggage & books are left behind & so you see I cannot get at the affairs of the boys until we go to camp again ___ Galutia was always a good boy. an in- telligent, obedient, uncomplaining, welldrilled Sol- dier. & though he never faced the enemy, yet we know he would have done it had Providence allowed him to have been with us. He has fallen, in the service of his country. He lies buried in his uniform he fills a patriot soldiers grave. & for aught we know to the contrary. like a Christian who has well done his duty. & finished truly his full tho short term of life. he is today awaiting us in a land where sickness & death are "felt afeared no more" His conduct was not at all derogatory of his early religious training he received from his mother & we may hope that his hand, instead of grasping the glittering bayonet, is waving a ___ of victory - a victory over all foes, all pain, all changes & chances of time. Oh! who would not exchange time for eternity - sickness for eternal youth & vigor, night for endless day. Earth for heaven. Then, friends, do not mourn - at least not as those without hope. Reflect that your loss great as it is, is infinitely great in gain to him. I remember your tears as you gave him to my charge. Well, he has left us all but then, he might have died at home. God foresaw his enlistment, his soldier's life, & his death, all at the time you nursed him in your arms as a child. Then do not com- plain at a Father who is above & beyond you. his father - "God gave, & he hath taken away." "It is the Lord's will." "he doeth all things well." He sees our whole lives & all the circumstances of life "work together for good to them that love him. But it is not for one like me to advise you to a course of feeling & thinking which your own religion will already have suggested to you. Adjutant Underhill, Lieuts Searle & Corbin & the whole Co. desire me to express to you their sympathy with your grief. And now I close. with regards to yourself & friends, I am, Respectfully, Your Son's Friend & Captain Charles E. Tucker.