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John Burke Letters Collection

Identifier: SPC00046

Scope and Contents

This collection of letters and documents describe John Burke and his experiences as an American Civil War soldier in the Union Navy. There are 21 letters, correspondences, and a general affidavit with an itinerary. Most of the letters, John Burke writes to his wife Mary Burke informing her of his life on the union navy ship USS R.R. Cuyler. Mr. Burke's journey begins with him getting drunk and enlisting in the navy. The bulk of the letters, Mr. Burke requests that his wife send him provisions and explains to her how to collect his pay. There are a few letters asking about the family and news from home.


  • 1861-1888

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.5 Linear Feet (1 document box )

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Processing Information

In 2022, Alicia Herrera processed this collection.

John Burke Letters
Alicia Herrera
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries Repository

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