Letter to Mary Leavitt from John McKay
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.
- March 4, 1865
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0 Linear Feet (1 folder; 2 leaves) : 1 letter and envelope
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.
John McKay was a miner living in Gold Hill, Nevada in the mid-1860s.
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.
- Guide to the Letter to Mary Leavitt from John McKay
- Jessica Maddox
- December 2018
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