A Rocky Mountain Sailor In Teddy Roosevelt's Navy

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Given that enlisted personnel are the forgotten men of naval history, it is difficult to find intimate portraits of sailors as persons, and not just as crew members. Charles Smith Fowler’s story would have been lost had it not been for his older sister who kept the letters he had written her. With the help of the Fowler family, Rodney Tomlinson collected and edited over 200 pages of Charlie’s writings to his sister, Clare, and presents them here for the first time. Charlie’s tales of bluejacket life in Teddy ...

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Given that enlisted personnel are the forgotten men of naval history, it is difficult to find intimate portraits of sailors as persons, and not just as crew members. Charles Smith Fowler’s story would have been lost had it not been for his older sister who kept the letters he had written her. With the help of the Fowler family, Rodney Tomlinson collected and edited over 200 pages of Charlie’s writings to his sister, Clare, and presents them here for the first time. Charlie’s tales of bluejacket life in Teddy Roosevelt’s emerging modern navy are arguably the longest and most articulate single personal exposition ever written by a U.S. sailor. His words shed new light on navy life from a sailor’s perspective at the turn of the century.

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Presents the letters that Charles Smith Fowler wrote to his older sister while he served in the US Navy in various Asian bases from 1906-10. An introduction and epilogue briefly chronicle his life before and after his navy career. The editor includes numerous b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Appears the Missing Sailor: January 1906 5
2 The Recruit: December 1904-May 1905 17
3 Asiatic Squadron - China: May 1905-June 1906 53
4 The Philippines - Cavite and Manila: May-July 1906 105
5 Subic Bay - Seaman to Petty Officer: July 1906-August 7, 1907 133
6 Fruits of Labors: August 7, 1907-December 1908 251
7 Back to Sea - USS Chattanooga: December 1908-July 1909 345
8 Settling Accounts at Subic - USS Mohican: July-December 1909 371
9 Homeward Bound - USS Denver: December 1909-April 1910 393
10 Epilogue: May 1910-May 1943 405
Bibliography 411
Index 413
About the Editor 431
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