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Letter to Mary Leavitt from John McKay

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-27
The collection contains one 4-page letter with envelope written by John McKay (not to be confused with John Mackay of Virginia City mining fame) to Sister Mary Leavitt in Jamestown, Wisconsin. In the letter, McKay writes about his feelings of the Civil War and talks about Joseph, possibly his brother, re-enlisting to the Union Army even though he'd been a prisoner of war in the South. McKay also speaks of his family and marriage possibilities, stating that the only girl he'd think about marrying in the area is a Catholic, and his impression of the people who live in Gold Hill.

Dates

  • March 4, 1865

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0 Linear Feet (1 folder; 2 leaves) : 1 letter and envelope

Overview

John McKay was a miner living in Gold Hill, Nevada in the mid-1860s. The collection contains one letter and envelope written by McKay to his sister, Mary Leavitt, who lived in Wisconsin. In the letter, McKay discusses his views of the Civil War and living in Gold Hill.

Historical Note

John McKay was a miner living in Gold Hill, Nevada in the mid-1860s.

Arrangement

Arranged as a single item collection without hierarcy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird-Kagin Americana at the "Mining, Minerals and Mayhem Auction" in July 2011.

Source

Title
Guide to the Letter to Mary Leavitt from John McKay
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
December 2018
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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775-682-5724 (Fax)