Pryor Letters, 1914
Personal papers, .1 box, .1lf
James Chambers Pryor, MC, U.S. Navy was Brigade Surgeon of Naval Forces Ashore during the occupation of Vera Cruz. The collection consists of 28 holographic letters written by Pryor to his wife Nancy Buchanan Brazelton Pryor in 1914 along with three picture post cards. The letters begin on April 20, 1914 and end in on September 26, 1914. Pryor was then a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the USN stationed on board the USS North Dakota during the landings at Vera Cruz, Mexico, he was assigned brigade surgeon for the naval forces on shore during the subsequent ccupation of that city. Rich in color and detail, the letters graphically describe the day to day events surrounding the invasion and occupation of Vera Cruz in the spring and summer of 1914, as well as the day to day activities of the fleet and the sailors who manned the ships. A number of holographic maps--showing the disposition of forces-both ashore and at sea--can also be found within the pages written by Pryor.
|Pres. Wilson delivering funeral oration. Navy Yard [after the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].|
|Americans freeing political prisoners in San Juan de Ulua [after the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].|
|Feeding the prisoners, Fort San Juan de Ulua [after the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].|