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A Far Distant Land: Letters from the Mexican War

October 5, 1997 – May 4, 1998

Museum: Postal Museum

Location: Art of Cards and Letters Gallery, Lower Level, Northwest

Letters from Lt. William McKean to his family in Arkansas describe his experiences in the Mexican War (1847-1848).