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Burke, John
COLLECTION OF LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENTS WRITTEN BY JOHN BURKE, MOSTLY WHILE SERVING WITH THE UNION NAVY DURING THE CIVIL WAR, BUT SOME WRITTEN AFTER THE WAR, WITH SEVERAL PASSAGES DETAILING NAVAL PRIZES WON FROM THE CONFEDERACY AND OTHER UNION NAVY MATTERS]
[Various locations, including Massachusetts, Florida, Alabama, and New York, 1888. Twenty-one autograph letters, signed, and manuscript documents, totaling approximately fifty-one pages. Old folds, many with slight tears and slight separations along folds and at cross folds. Overall, in good plus condition. An interesting collection of manuscript material providing a view of the Civil War from the vantage point of Union Navy sailor, John Burke. About half of the material in this collection consists of letters written by Burke (who sometimes refers to himself as "James") during the war, though some are from the period after. The archive consists of twenty-one letters and manuscript documents, including eleven from Burke (seven written to his wife Mary Burke), and ten letters or documents written to Burke from Mary, his brother Joseph, and others, or written about Burke, including later manuscripts relating to Burke's claim for an invalid pension from the U.S. Navy. Burke's wartime correspondence covers his activities aboard various steamers, where he reports on his movements around the Gulf Coast, encounters with the Confederates and brief reports of battle action, and, most importantly, about capturing numerous valuable naval prizes from the enemy. John Burke was born in Dover, New Hampshire on Christmas Day in 1834. He was a shoemaker hailing from Newburyport, Massachusetts, who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War on the following ships: the U.S.S. Mississippi, the U.S.S. R.R. Cuyler, U.S.S. Massachusetts, and the U.S.S. North Carolina. He enlisted May 9, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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