Charles A. Townsend Letter
Scope and Content
This collection contains a short letter from Charles A. Townsend, Chief Clerk of the United States, while at Guantánamo, Cuba, on August 14, 1898, to his brother, Joseph Townsend in Colorado City, Texas, detailing events about the Spanish American War with remarks about the causalities during the "invasion of Puerto Rico" and the actions of Theodore Roosevelt at San Juan Hill. Charles hopes to reunite with his brother soon. The end of the letter contains racist remarks about the "colored" troops participating in the war.
N.B.: The document contains offensive and racist language.
- Townsend, Charles A. (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection are in English.
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There is not much information to identify Charles A. Townsend. A Charles A. Townsend enlisted as a private in the U. S. Army's 9th Infantry, Company C, enlisting on December 7, 1897. A Charles A. Townsend served in the 8th Infantry.
"Charles A. Townsend" entry in the database "U.S., Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916", Ancestry.com, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)'s "Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, June 1821 - December 1916", Microfilm Serial: M665; Roll: 106, https://www-ancestrylibrary-com.ezproxy.lib.vt.edu/discoveryui-content/view/13066435:2229
"Charles A Townsend" entry in the U.S., Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916, Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/discoveryui-content/view/13407928:2229
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This collection contains a short letter from Charles A. Townsend, chief clerk of the United States of America, while at Guantánamo, Cuba, on August 14, 1898, during the Spanish American War, to his brother, Joseph Townsend. The letter discusses events during the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico, including racist remarks about the "colored" troops fighting in the war.
Source of Acquisition
This collection was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2012.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Charles A. Townsend Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Charles A. Townsend Letter was completed in April 2022.
- Charles A. Townsend Letter, 1898
- Kiana Wilkerson, Graduate Assistant
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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