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Drake, James Madison, soldier, journalist, author, was born March 25, 1837, in Somerset county, N.J. In 1861 he organized the first company of United States volunteers which was raised in New Jersey for three months' service; and was the first who unfurled the first federal flag on confederate soil. He was wounded and made a prisoner of war; and received a congressional medal. After the civil war he began the publication of the Daily Monitor at Elizabeth, N.J.; in 1889 he started The Sunday Leader; and the same year began the issue of The Daily Leader. General Drake is the author of a History of the Ninth New Jersey Volunteers; Fast and Loose in Dixie; Across the Continent ; and other works.