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ALs from Chas Rogers, who build Guantanamo  

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Autograph Letter Signed from the future Admiral who built Guantanamo

Rogers, Charles C[urtis]

Clarksville, Tennessee


October 5, 1884


1 pp. with docketing note on verso. Charles Rogers's retained copy of the letter, as Ensign, US Navy.

To the Secretary of the Navy, confirming his orders “for special duty in the Fogg School at Nashville…” When 28 year-old Annapolis graduate Rogers (1856-1917) wrote this letter, he had already served at sea on three Naval vessels, so it must have been disappointed to be assigned for ROTC-type duty at a Nashville school. But 25 years later, during the Spanish-American War, he saw action off Cuba as Executive Officer of a battle cruiser, and in 1904, appointed second Commandant of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, he directed large-scale construction of a million-gallon water reservoir, new wharves, dry docks, a Marine barracks, and a 10 foot high concrete wall, and established the Base’s first “wireless” radio station. Rogers later retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.

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Light wear at edges, 2 small holes on left margin; very good.

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