1898, October 22 – Letter from George Hesse to brother Lewis Hesse

George writes to Lewis from Santiago, Cuba during the Spanish American War.  They are about to move & possibly get some relaxation time now that dry weather has arrived.  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:

Sunday Lu (??) Camp at Sango Cuba Oct 22/98

Dear Bro: –

It has been a long time since I have written to you, so I will take back what I said in my last letter to Rosalie, to not write to you until you have written to me, & write you a few lines anyway.  I got out of the hospital last friday & you can bet I was glad to get out for the hospital here is a fright.  It is all one big ward where all & every body who comes there is put in, & the horrible groans which one hears at all hours of the day & night is something awful.  I am glad I am out of it.  Well we are getting ready to move tomorrow:  we go to a little place on the northern coast about 150 miles due north from where we are now.  but we go by water, & so we will have to travel all the way around the east end of the island.  it is said that it is a nice place.  it is on the railroad 20 miles or so from the coast.  I was talking to Col. Stovel yesterday, & he told me that he would have full control over the liberty of the men & he would let them have all of it that he could give them, & that on Sundays, the whole business except those on guard could go down to the sea coast & take the band along & have regular weekly picnics, as long as the men behaved themselves, but just as soon as they got to cutting up they would be held in check as they are here.  He says there is fine surf bathing there & also deep sea bathing for those who like that best, for it is a little fishing hamlet, & there will be plenty of boats to be had to go out where the water is deep.  We will leave here about 8 or 9 oclock to morrow & go from here to Santiago where we will embark.  The rainy season is about over now & dry weather has set in & things are a little better the men here for they are not now wet all of the time.  How is the weather up there in St. L. Louis, & how are you getting along with your work is it steady?  it ought to be this time of the year, with sharpening coming in.  How is Rosalie & all her folks & the decklemans too how are they & Otto Miller Well Lewis I will have to close hoping to hear from you soon, giving my best regards to Rose & all of the rest.  I remain

Your loving Bro.


Sae address

George Hesse

1st Corp’l Co. “L.” 2nd U.S.V.?

Satiago DC Cuba


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