|Creator:||Mayes, John K., d. 1863|
|Title:||John K. Mayes papers|
John K. Mayes fought in the Civil War as a private beginning August 1861. He was appointed 5th Sergeant on February 24, 1862. He was killed at Manassas Gap, Virginia on July 23, 1863 and is buried in Warren County, Georgia.
The collection consists of a letter written by John K. Mayes to his parents from Portsmouth, VA on December 28, 1861. Also included are two copybooks where John K. Mayes has rewritten phrases such as "A man to day in rich array tomorrow may be in the clay," "John is an industrious obedient and good boy," and "Evil communications corrupt good manners" multiple times. In the copybooks there are drafts of letters and copies of statements about vacation, printing papers, departure from school, and our country. A bill of sale for "one negro man Aaron about thirty-three of yellow complexion" (1853) to Josiah Brinkley.
John K. Mayes papers, ms 3485. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.