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William Burke papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Burke, William, 1822-1895
Title: William Burke papers
Dates: 1849-1864, undated
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS724f

Biographical/Historical Note

William Burke (1822-1895) was born in Ireland and married Mary Mackay (1827-1901) in Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, in November 1847. The couple immigrated to Ohio in 1848 and sometime before 1855 they moved to Dane County, Wisconsin, where Burke worked as a laborer. The couple had six children: Henry (1851-?); Thomas (1854-1929); William (1857-?); Joseph (1860-?); Katherine (1863-1943); and Mary (1866-?).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three letters; two envelopes; one certificate declaring intent to become a United States citizen; and an abstract of a marriage record pertaining to William Burke. All materials except the envelopes have transcriptions. Two of the letters were written to Burke during the Civil War, one from Georgia by John Bailey and the other from Petersburg, Virginia, by John Welsh. The letters describe camp conditions; casualties; weather; lack of pay; and concerns about the home front. Of particular interest is a passage in Welsh's letter in which he expresses doubt that Union forces will take Petersburg. He comments that if they do not, "little Macke (referring to Democratic presidential candidate George B. McClellan) will get two thirds of the armey vots hear next election..." (sic)

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Petersburg (Va.)--History--Siege, 1864-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Burke papers, MSS 724f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Letters, envelopes, certificate, abstract, transcriptions, 1849-1864, undated