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John McConihe, Correspondence

Title: John McConihe, Correspondence

Creator: McConihe, John, 1834-1864

Dates: 1856-1865

Quantity: 1 box, (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0308

Language: English

Restrictions: None.

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Preferred Citation: John McConihe, Papers (MS 0308). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


John McConihe was born on 4 September 1834 in Troy, New York. His parents were Isaac and Sarah Strong McConihe. He moved to Omaha in Nebraska Territory in 1857. The following year he became a private secretary to territorial governors William A. Richardson and later, Samuel W. Black. In 1861, McConihe was appointed to the post of Adjutant General of Nebraska Territory. In this position, he led a military expedition against the Pawnee American Indians. At the start of the Civil War, he developed the 1st Nebraska Regiment. During his service, he contracted typhoid fever and was wounded in battle. He became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 169th New York Regiment after his recovery. McConihe was killed in action on 1 June 1864. Two of his brothers also participated in the Civil War - Colonel Samuel McConihe and Major William McConihe.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of 121 letters and miscellaneous items relating to McConihe's business in Nebraska Territory. The majority of letters are those McConihe sent to his business partner and friend, John B. Kellogg, in Troy, New York. McConihe's letters touch upon topics such as land sales, currency, railroads, and the development of the territory and the city of Omaha. He writes about the expedition against the Pawnee and his opinions about the Civil War. Included among the correspondence is a letter from J. Sterling Morton dated 2 May 1861. The final letter in the collection is to Kellogg from Byron Reed, written on 20 March 1865, after McConihe's death. The collection includes financial records of warranties purchased and sold by McConihe for Kellogg. For contextual information about the McConihe papers and transcriptions of the letters in the collection, visit Speculating on the Frontier: The John McConihe Correspondence.


Nebraska -- History

Frontier and pioneer life

Surveying -- Nebraska

United States Army -- Military life

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1856, Mar.-Dec. Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1857 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1858, May-Dec. Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1859, Jan.-Aug. Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1859, Aug.-Dec. Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1859 Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1860, Jan.-Dec. Box 1. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1861, Jan.-Sept. Box 1. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1862, Nov. 25 Box 1. Folder 10. Correspondence, 1863, June-Dec. Box 1. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1865, undated Box 1. Folder 12. Land warrants, records, 1858 Box 1. Folder 13. Land warrants, records, 1859 Box 1. Folder 14. Land warrants, records, undated Box 1. Folder 15. Obituary, 1864
Related Material and Resources: Morton, J. Sterling (Julius Sterling), 1832-1902. Illustrated History of Nebraska; a History of Nebraska from the Earliest Explorations of the trans-Mississippi Region, with Steel Engravings, Photogravures, Copper Plates, Maps, and Tables. Lincoln, J. North, 1905-13

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