1898, April 21 – Letter from George Hesse to brother Lewis Hesse

George writes his brother about shipping off to war and his concern desire to hear from him in case he doesn’t make it back.  Read a transcript of the letter below (original misspellings & all) or click on the image links to view the actual letter. As you read the transcript of the letter click on the links to view information & images about what they are discussing.


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Transcript of letter:

Key West Fla 4/21/98

Dear Bro: –

I think it is war now & no mistake, for the Admiral got a telegram to proceed to sea under sealed orders, that is, he got order to go to sea & stay just so long before he opened his orders, & everybody expects it is to go to Porto Rico to fight, & we, that is, the torpedo boats, follow tomorrow night.  We put in 4 days provissions & I know that that means that we will stay 4 days at sea.  Well I will ahve to write to all of the folks so I will close this letter with best of love from

Your loving Bro

Geo. A. Hesse

P.S. write soon Lewis & tell me Good Bye, for it might mean the last time



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