Edwin William Hampton, from Portland, Oregon, a private in Company H, Oregon Volunteer Infantry, is said to have been the first Oregon soldier killed in the Spanish-American War's Philippines campaign. The letters, with few exceptions, are to and from family members. During the war Hampton was at Presidio, Calif., and in Manila, P.I.
George Arthur Hartman (1878-1952), an Oregonian, worked in banking, became the mayor and postmaster of Pendleton, Oregon, and served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. The collection (1898-1899) contains letters written by Hartman while he was in the service.