This collection consists primarily of letters written by Floyd Dessery (1879-1927) of Los Angeles, California, to his family,
during his deployment to the Philippines in the Spanish-American War, as well as a diary from his time in the Philippines
(1898-1899). His letters and diary reflect the daily
experiences of a foot soldier.
The Desserys were a Los Angeles family who lived in the city at the end of the
nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. Their son, Floyd Dessery,
joined the United States Army just after the destruction of the USS Maine in the Havana
harbor, which launched the Spanish-American War in 1898. He was deployed from Los
Angeles and left to fight in the Philippines in June of 1898. He was stationed there
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