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    [Spanish American War]. Walter Moore Archive. A small group of letters, photographs, documents and ephemera relating to Walter Moore's military service during the Spanish American War and later life. The archive includes such items as Captain Moore's Certificate of Proficiency; Special Orders No. 209 which detailed Moore's discharge; a wedding certificate, dated May 27, 1898, for Moore and Lilian M. Brown; multiple ribbons for Portland's Reception to Major General Edwards, April 5, 1911; Moore's Veterans card; two portraits in military dress and two group photographs of soldiers.

    During his training in camp, Moore wrote to his mother with pride about the high esteem in which his regiment was held. Six pages, 8" x 10", Camp Jewett; August 8, 1897. Moore describes his training, in part:

    "So far my march has been devoid of all the trouble which promised to make it such hard work. I am on special duty, do not drill and as the work which I am to do is not yet ready I have had all my time to myself. Our food has been so good & so plentiful that over half of your elegant [illegible] is still left simply because I can not get up an appetite to eat it. Your sandwiches I keep to use and special lunch, but I eat so much at meals that I am not hungry even at night. Our camp is grand. Now I am sitting on the edge of a bluff, with the waves of Lake Erie lapping at the rocks 25 feet below me...We had a review & Inspection this A.M., & that is all the work for today...there are a great many Indians about here - weather has been cool & delightful, but I have been very glad to escape the drill work, for it is extremely hot out in the fields, the men come in almost exhausted. Remember to tell people we are working hard. Don't let other people know what an easy time I am having, for they might talk it over with members of the Regt, and arouse jealousy. Lt. Thompson; the U.S.A. officer with the Regt told us today that Co. D was the best disciplined & best drilled Co. in the whole Regt. How is that for a compliment..."

    Within the archive is a letter regarding Moore's application to the 65th New York Regiment. One page, 8.5" x 11", Buffalo, New York; July 16, 1898. Addressed to Governor of New York, Frank S. Black. "I have the honor to apply for a commission in the New York Volunteers for United States service. I served four years in the cadet corps of the 65th Regt. N.G.N.Y., and was major commanding when I reached the age entitling me to enlist in the National Guard. I enlisted in Co. 'D' 65th Regt and served 5 years in that company. When the 65th Regt was invited by you to volunteer for U.S. service, I was the fifth man in the Regt to sign the roll in response to that call. I am now sergeant in Co. 'D' and acting sergt-major 2nd Battalion 65th NY US."

    Moore was not to stay long in the service though, as he was honorably discharged in August of 1898. It is unknown what brought this on, but Moore appeared to be relieved with his discharge. Accompanying his discharge notification is a telegram addressed to his wife, which reads, "Thank God Adjutant General ordered honorable discharge home in week. Tell nobody. Major." [One page, 8" x 5.25", Washington, D.C.; August 24, 1898].

    Condition: Letters and documents range from very good to fair, with usual mail folds and varying degrees of toning. Some letters are more fragile with chipping and separations in places. Photographs are good, with some silvering at edges on one of the portraits. Overall good.

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