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Collection Number RG0711.AM
Collection Name RG0711 Varney, Ralph, 1875-1945
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 10 items
Title Ralph Varney letters, 1898-1899
Date or Date Span 1898-1899
Year Range from 1898
Year Range to 1899
Admin/Biographical History Ralph Varney, son of Allen P. and Mildred Varney, was born in Bennet, Nebraska on November 26, 1875. He served in the Spanish-American War and during the Philippine Insurrection as a member of Company I, 1st Nebraska Infantry. After returning to Nebraska, Varney married Effie Peck. She died in 1906 and Varney married Ella L. Hill in 1912. This marriage produced five children.

In 1917 or 1918, the Varneys moved to a farm north of Culbertson, Nebraska. Ralph Varney lived there until his death on December 15, 1945.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of ten letters dating from 1898-1899. This material relates to Ralph Varney's military service in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. In these letters, Varney, writing to his sister, Estella, describes his thirty-two days at sea during his voyage to the Philippines, several skirmishes with the Spanish, troop loses, living conditions of the soldiers, reactions by the natives, insurgent attacks, and the battle in which Col. John L. Stotsenburg was killed. These letters provide a detailed account of conditions faced by American soldiers involved in the Spanish-American War.
Creator Varney, Ralph, 1875-1945
Finding Aids Ralph Varney finding aid
Subjects Campaigns & battles
Military life
Military personnel
Military service
Philippine War
Spanish-American War
People Varney, Ralph, 1875-1945
Search Terms Nebraska Infantry. 1st Regiment, 1898-1899
Genre Form Correspondence/Letter