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Hd. Qrs. Mabry’s Brig.
Camp W Okolona Miss.
July 20, 1864
Mrs. Maj. Robb. C. McCay
With feelings of deepest sorrow I announce to you the death of your husband: Maj. Robert C. McCay 38th Miss. (Mounted Infty.). He was killed in battle at Harrisburg Miss. on the 14th Inst. while gallantly leading his regiment.
While nothing can atone to you and your children for his loss, it will be a consolation to know that he died nobly at his post. He was shot through the head and fell in my arms and expired without a struggle. None excelled him in devotion to his family, fidelity to his country and gallantry as a champion in the glorious struggle for freedom.
As his commander, as his associate, as his friend I mourn with you his loss.
May that faith in Him who does all things aright, soften the sorrows of your sad bereavement.
Your Obt. Servt.
H. P. Mabry
Col. Comdg. Brig.
R. C. McCay Papers, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.