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This is a small collection of papers relating to Allen M. Coville's childhood years spent on a farm west of Topeka, and to his service in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War. Coville's family moved from Ohio to Kansas in 1855, when Coville was seven years old. Colville grew up during the Border Wars and wrote down his memories of the time period. He recalls conflicts between abolitionists and pro-slavery groups, skirmishes that occurred between Native American tribes, and encounters with neighbors, including a Kaw chief he refers to as "White Plume". His account of his experiences with the Rough Riders, and his discharge, signed by Roosevelt, are also in the collection. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant. A typed transcript of his time with the Rough Riders begins on page 62 of Folder 3. However Coville's account stops before he gets to Cuba. The typed transcript for his description of his experiences during the Border Wars begins on page 51 of Folder 4.
Item Number: 304865
Call Number: Allen M. Coville Coll. #319
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 304865
Collections - Manuscript - Coville, Allen M.
Date - 1890s
Date - 1900s
Date - 1910s
Military - Wars - Spanish American War
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Military
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Reminiscence
People - American Indians - Tribes - Kaw - White Plume
People - Notable Kansans - Coville, A.M.
People - Notable People - Roosevelt, Theodore
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Military records
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Reminiscences and Memoirs