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Henry A. Dobson papers

Identifier: D15
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Scope and Contents

The Henry A. Dobson papers include Dobson's letters home during the Spanish-American War, and the news of his death from typhoid fever in 1898. Dobson’s letters detail his battles with illness, his role as sergeant, and his experiences in camp life (including his observation that "Tampa is a BUM place"). Clippings taken after his death contain information on the community response, as well as the investigation by the Department of War into his death as a result of potential medical malpractice. The collection also contains photographs of the Dobson family, as well as photos of Dobson in uniform, and a photo of the grave marker erected for him in 1904.


  • Created: 1897-1904
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1897-1898


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0.21 Linear Feet

1 boxes

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This collection consists of the personal papers and letters of Henry A. Dobson, a soldier during the Spanish-American War.

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Related Publications

Addeo, Alicia. "'Tampa is a Bum Place': The Letters of First Sergeant Henry A. Dobson in 1898." Tampa Bay History 20 (1): 48-59.

Henry A. Dobson papers
Justin M. White
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Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US