December 1898 ALS from Gen. Henry Ware Lawton.
One and a half page ALS written by the famous Geronimo Campaign officer, who would be killed in the Philippines in December, 1899. The letter is in very fine condition with wear as shown in the photographs.
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"Washington D. C.
Dec. 10th, 1898
Mr. Chester S Lord
Secretary The Lotus Club
My dear Sir
Your very kind invitation to a dinner on Nov. 26th to meet Rear Admiral W. S. Schley has just been received having been forwarded from place to place. I appreciate the honor you have done me, in desiring my presence and can only regret
having received it too late to accept or acknowledge it earlier-which would have given me great pleasure.
Very respectfully yours
Maj. Genl. U.S.V."
On December 19, 1899, General Henry Ware Lawton was killed by General Licerio Geronimo's men in the battle of Paye near San Mateo, Rizal. He was the highest ranking American officer to die in battle in either the Spanish-American or Philippine-American wars. Lawton who was usually in the midst of the fighting and was killed by a Filipino sharpshooter.
Lawton was very popular among his men and the general public. The colonial Americans in Philippines dedicated that his image appeared on Filipino currency issued during the American colonial period in the 1920s. A major plaza in downtown Manila was named Lawton Plaza. Although renamed in 1963 to Liwasang Bonifacio, Filipinos continue to refer to it as Lawton Plaza.
His body left the Philippines on board the transport ship USS Thomas on December 30, 1899. The USS Thomas reached the shores of San Francisco on Tuesday, January 30, 1900. Lawton was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery February 9, 1900.