Henry (Harry) and Nellie Mighels were prominent Nineteenth-century Nevadans. They both grew up in Maine, where they fell in love when she was sixteen and he was twenty-nine. They carried on a long courtship through letters after Harry left for the Civil War in 1863. After being injured in 1865, he left the battle front for the new state of Nevada to edit the Carson Daily Appeal
in Carson City. The correspondence ended in 1866 when Nellie came west and they were married, but this collection includes an additional three dozen letters from relatives they left behind in Maine. Harry and Nellie lived in Carson City for the rest of their lives, running a newspaper and raising four children. After Harry died in 1879, Nellie became the publisher of the Appeal
. She hired Sam Davis as the editor, and later married him. Nellie had two more children with Sam, managed their ranch, and stayed active in the newspaper business and civic activities. She died at the age of 101 in 1945. These love letters between Harry and Nellie before their marriage document a civil war-era romance and the very early days of Nevada. Please contact Special Collections
if you are interested in transcribing these letters or editing pages that were transcribed earlier.
Three Civil War letters to Nellie Verrill in Norway, Maine, from Harry Mighels, from Newport News, Virginia, Lancaster, Kentucky, and Portland, Maine, in 1863.
22 pages: 100% transcribed
Two Civil War letters to Nellie Verrill in Norway, Maine from Harry Mighels in Lyons Mills and Morristown, Tennessee in 1864.
13 pages: 100% transcribed
Two letters to Harry on the battlefront of the Civil War from Nellie in Maine, in 1863 and 1864
16 pages: 94% transcribed, 6% needs review
Five letters from Harry to Nellie while he was in transit to Nevada, from March through May, 1865. He wrote from New York, while on board the steamer St. Louis, and after arriving in San Francisco.
30 pages: 97% transcribed, 3% needs review
Three letters to Harry in San Francisco from Nellie in Maine
29 pages: 83% transcribed, 17% needs review
Five letters to Nellie in Maine from Harry, getting settled in Carson City.
37 pages: 100% transcribed
Five letters to Harry as he was moving from San Francisco to Carson City from Nellie in Maine in May and June, 1865
44 pages: 16% transcribed, 16% needs review
Four letters to Harry as he was getting settled in Carson City from Nellie in Maine
38 pages: 0% transcribed
Six letters to Nellie in Maine from Harry in Carson City, August and September 1865.
41 pages: 100% transcribed
Five letters to Harry in Carson City from Nellie in Maine
59 pages: 0% transcribed