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Letter signed W.J. McKee, Memphis, Tenn., to Nathan Massey, May 16, 1864

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Identifier: D05638

Title: Letter signed W.J. McKee, Memphis, Tenn., to Nathan Massey, May 16, 1864


Gives details of Nathan's son, David's, death. Includes envelope.

Transcription: Memphis Tenn. May 16 / 64

Mr. Nathan Massey

Dear Sir

You have doubtless ere this received through Mr. Draper the melancholy tidings of the death of your Son David, But Seeing a letter amongst our regimental mail addressed to him and Supposing it to be from some of his relations at home I took the priviledge of opening it in order to get their address — I regret to Say that I am unable to give you any of the particulars concerning his death that loving friends are So always So anxious to know. I happen to be detained here awaiting the return of the regiment from Red River, having been in St. Louis for the last four months on recruiting Service. Some days ago I Saw a young man belonging to another company of our regiment, and who was also wounded in the Same engagement with your Son. He Says that David was on the Same boat with him, and that he knew him well. and also States that he was doing well until the day previous to his death, when he became rapidly worse and died the following day — The young man informs me that David died Some distance below Vicksburg on Hospital boat “R.C. Wood” about the 3rd of this month. — He does not know where he was buried nor does he know the name of the attending Surgeon, who alone could give any Satisfactory information on the matter — In losing your Son his officers have lost an obedient, faithful and trustworthy soldier, his comrades a kind and pleasant companion, His country one of its noblest defenders, and his parents a brother and Sister. alas, their grief stricken hearts alone can tell what they have lost —

I Sincerely Sympathise with you in this bereavement, which is indeed a most trying one. and I trust that “He who doeth all things well” will comfort you in this trying affliction —

I will endeavor to get more Satisfactory information if possible, and if So will write to you immediately —

I wrote to Mr. Draper before, because I was not aware of your proper address —

I am

Respectfully Yours

W. J. McKee

Capt Co. “D” 33rd Mo. Vol.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-05-16

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: McKee, William J.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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