This collection contains 27 letters, including Spanish American War-era correspondence and correspondence from the Philippine-American War in 1899. The letters were a gift from Richard Burgemeister, who purchased them. There are some orphan pages of letters and blank envelopes in the collection.
One of the letters was written by James G. Miller at Camp George H. Thomas in Georgia. The donor notes that there was a James G. Miller who was part of Company G of the Second South Carolina Volunteers. The rest of the collection was written by Lynton E. Athey and his family. Athey was a bugler with Company H. of the Idaho Volunteer Infantry and was stationed in Manila in the Philippines at the start of the Philippine-American war. Athey was also stationed at Camp Merritt in San Francisco.
The letters from Athey mention the Philippines and the letters to Athey from family members mention life at home in Idaho. One item of interest is an orphan page from a letter in which the sender is unclear. The sender writes: "How I wish I could hear from you, and how you came out at Santa Ana." The letter also mentions how Governors were petitioning the President to send home the volunteers.
There are also some materials that date to the early 1900s.
1895 - 1912
Majority of material found within 1895 - 1899
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This collection was donated by Richard W. Burgemeister and contains Spanish American War-era correspondence and correspondence from the Philippine-American War in 1899. The letters were written by James G. Miller, whom the donor notes was part of Company G of the Second South Carolina Volunteers during the time of the Spanish-American war, and Lynton E. Athey, a bugler with Company H. of the Idaho Volunteer Infantry who was stationed in the Philippines at the start of the Philippine-American war.
Biographical / Historical
Lynton Athey was a bugler with Company H. of the Idaho Volunteer Infantry. His birth and death date are not known but records suggest he may have been born in Oregon on July 28, 1878. A World War II draft card from a Lynton E. Athey appears to contain the same signature as on the letters.
This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.
Series 1: Correspondence from Lynton E. Athey – Series 2: Correspondence to Lynton E. Athey – Series 3: Other materials
Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives.
[Item title, Box number, Folder number], Richard W. Burgemeister Spanish-American War correspondence (2017.110.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA. http://chapman.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/416 Accessed December 11, 2017.