William Burke papers
Scope and Content
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 doubts 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)
- 1849-1864, undated
- Burke, William, 1822-1895 (Person)
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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
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-?).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2013.
- William Burke papers
- Sue VerHoef
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.