8.Title: Finding aid for Royle, William Henry papers, MsSC 211ACatalog Id:
MsSC 211ACreation Date:
Sep. 30, 2009,Sep. 30, 2009Description:
Finding aid for William Henry Royle papers, MsSC 211A.
Abstract: Willam Henry Royle, (1836-?), was a private in the United States Army, D Company, 9th Infantry, stationed at Fort Bellingham Bay and Camp Pickett, San Juan Islands, Washington Territory, during the 1859-1860, during the period of the “Pig War.”
Scope and content: The papers consist of six letters written by Royle to his mother, Elizabeth Royle in Providence, RI. The letters document his experiences, in 1858 at Fort Bellingham Bay, Washington Territory, and in 1860 at Camp Pickett in the San Juan Islands. The letters discuss the activities of the troops, his perspectives on daily life and operations at the camp, the isolation of Washington Territory, his impressions of the landscape and environment, speculation about a war with the Mormons, California gold seekers, descriptions of multiple encounters and one skirmish with the Indians, and remembrances of his family in Providence, RI. Royle’s homesickness and longing for his family are pervasive. Nearly every letter includes a sentimental poem by Royle. A transcription of the letters in their entirety, exactly as written, is included.
Inclusive dates: 1858, 1860.
Volume: .3 l.f.
Accession number: 2007.35
The complete aid is available for download as a PDF file, in the section 'related media.'