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.