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Charles R. Adams letters

Charles R. Adams letters, 1889-1908
Charles R. Adams letters
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  • Letters, 1889-1908, written by Charles R. Adams (1874-1906) to his parents and siblings in Danville, Virginia. Most of the letters were written while he was serving in the 3rd and 4th Virginia Volunteer Regiments stationed at Camp Lee near Richmond, Camp Algers in Fairfax County, and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. There are also letters written by him while he was employed in mercantile and tobacco businesses in New York City and South Carolina
  • Subjects include attending the inaugural ball for President Grover Cleveland at the Pension Building in Washington, D.C., tourist attractions and descriptions of New York City, and tornado destruction of a tobacco warehouse in Hartsville, South Carolina. Most of the letters, however, were written during his military service, and including his time with the 3rd Virginia Volunteer Regiment at Camp Lee and Camp Alger. Adams gives descriptions of the installations, marches, disciplinary matters, rations, health, his dissatisfaction with his commanding officer, visits from Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, being mustered out of service, and his re-enlistment
  • Adams re-enlisted in the 4th Virginia Volunteer Regiment, and was stationed in Cuba. He gives descriptions of touring Morro Castle and the armored cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn (CA-3), as well as seeing the wreck of the U.S.S. Maine. His unit left Cuba on 25 March 1899 for Fort Pulaski, near Savannah, Georgia. He gives a description of the fort, and also details on the unit being quarantined upon their arrival
  • Also included are letters of recommendation written in 1894-1895 on behalf of Adams. The letters dated 1908 were written by John O. East (1829-1909). The collection also contains his military discharge papers, family photographs, and genealogical notes on the Adams, Boush, and East families
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Charles Rosser Adams was born on 17 August 1874. He was the son of Redmond Carter Adams (1851-1909) and Damacia Catherine East (1856-1935) of Danville, Virginia. He was employed in various mercantile and tobacco establishments in Virginia, New York City, and South Carolina. Adams also served in the 3rd and 4th Virginia Regiments during the Spanish-American War, and was stationed in Cuba. He died on 25 September 1906, and is buried in Leemont Cemetery in Danville.
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Charles R. Adams letters
  • The Library of Virginia
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Johnson, Richard Burke
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