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RG1367.AM:  Henry H. Sands, 1878-1953

Letters:  1898

Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska:  Soldier

Size:  Four items


Born at Nebraska City, Nebraska, on September 18, 1878, Henry H. Sands served in Company C, 2nd Nebraska Infantry Regiment during the Spanish-American War.  After the war he married Mable Anderson of Union, Nebraska.  They lived on a farm near Murray, Nebraska before homesteading in the state of Wyoming.  The Sands had one son and three daughters.  They eventually moved to Santa Ana, California.  Henry Sands passed away on July 31, 1953 and was interred at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, California.


The collection consists of four letters written by Henry Sands and Clarence Armstrong dating from 1898.  One letter, dated July 3, 1898, was written by Henry Sands from Camp George H. Thomas, Lytle, Georgia, to his father Henry, Nebraska City, Nebraska.  The letter describes camp life, going swimming, food, etc.  He mentions several other soldiers who were most likely friends from the Nebraska City area.  One name mentioned is Clarence, most likely the Clarence Armstrong represented in the other letters.

The other three letters are written by Clarence Armstrong to his sister, mother and family members living in Nebraska City.  Armstrong’s letters date from June, July and August of 1898.  It’s unclear, but it appears that all the letters were written from Camp George H. Thomas, Lytle, Georgia, as well.  Armstrong discusses camp life, going swimming, “getting the new recruits in shape,” the weather, etc.


Letters, 1898


Subject headings:

Armstrong, Clarence, 1879-1943

Military life

Sands, Henry H., 1878-1953


Spanish-American War


Revised TMM      05-08-2018