Scope and Contents
The Charles C. Winnia Philippine American War papers, 1883-1929, consist of eight boxes of correspondence, personal papers, and papers relating to Winnia's military career; photographs, post cards and other miscellaneous items; newspapers and newspaper clippings. Oversize material includes military maps and commissions. Correspondence from Charles C. Winnia to Stella Bateman Winnia is entirely personal. Correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Winnia is from Charles C. Winnia, other family members, and congressman and state officials working to obtain a commission in the regular army for Charlie. The correspondence to his mother includes descriptions of the Philippine American War. Included is personal correspondence from various people to family members.
Collection of newspapers arranged in chronological order dating from 1900, 1902, 1905, and 1918-1919. In addition, there are newspaper clippings during the same time frame.
The military materials contain diaries and notes from his time served during both the Philippine American War in 1899-1902 and World War I, 1917-1918. Also included are recommendations for promotion, muster rolls, certificates, orders, discharge papers, and oversize commissions.
A collection of maps cover France during World War I in 1918. The one exception is a map of a portion of Mexico dated 1913, from the Army General Staff College.
This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-348-2586.
Permission to publish from the Charles C. Winnia papers, MS 132, must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Charles C. Winnia was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where his father was a prominent citizen who owned a large furniture store. Winnia worked with his father until 1899 when he enlisted into the Tennessee Infantry, United States Volunteers. While serving in the Philippine American War in 1901, Winnia enlisted into the United States Army, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1918. Except for the Philippine American War and World War I, WInnia was stationed mainly in the Southwest; though he served stints in Hawaii and San Francisco. During World War I, Winnia served in France, remaining there after the was as a division inspector and attending the Army General Staff College (American Expeditionary Forces). He returned to the United States in 1919, and served in the Army until a tumor in his chest forced him to retire. He did in 1927.
4 Linear Feet ( (8 boxes))
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