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George Dana Sanders papersM2163
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Description
The materials consist primarily of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence in the form of manuscript letters (approximately 200), but also includes typed correspondence, printed orders, telegrams, receipts, and the book Twelve Months with the Eighth Massachusetts Infantry in the service of the United States, by Harry E. Webber (Salem, Mass, 1908). The subject matter primarily focuses on the period of George Sanders' service with the 8th Massachusetts, from 1898-1899, with a few letters from later years. Commissioned as Regimental Chaplain in April of 1898, Sanders was first stationed with the Regiment at Chickamauga, Georgia, then Lexington, Kentucky. He resigned his commission in October 1898, but on January 6, 1899, he was re-appointed Chaplain. He then set out to re-join the 8th Massachusetts now stationed in Matanzas, Cuba. He served in Cuba as both chaplain and on special duty until he was mustered out in April 1899.
Background
George Dana Sanders (occasionally misspelled George Dana Saunders) was born in Patten, Maine, in 1851. He became a pastor in Gloucerster, Massachusetts, served in the 8th Massachusetts Infantry as Regimental Chaplain during the Spanish-American War, and died in 1918 at the age of 67.
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet 2 MSB and 1 flat box
Restrictions
Public domain. There are no restrictions on use.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.