Letter from Charles Ainge to Governor William Bloxham, April 29, 1898

Letter from Charles Ainge to Governor William Bloxham, April 29, 1898


Atlantic City, New Jersey
April 29th 1898
To His Excellency the Governor of Florida
Dr Sir
I beg to ask your excellency for position to look up Spanish Spies in Florida. There are no doubt many in this Country this is Spains means of warfare barbarism destruction of life and property - Enclosed please find my history and references. I have filed a bond of $5000 here to act as a State Detective but there is nothing much to do in this State I have been Employed in the English Detective Service and


State Archives of Florida: Series S578, Box 20, Folder 1


Letter from detective Charles Ainge of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Florida Governor William Bloxham requesting a job hunting Spanish spies in Florida during the Spanish-American War.


April 29, 1898


Ainge, Charles


Letters (correspondence)


Late 19th Century Florida (1877-1900)

General Note

In the 1890s, United States support for Cuban revolutionaries fighting for independence from Spain led to a deteriorating relationship between the two powers. Early in 1898, President William McKinley sent the battleship Maine to Havana to protect American interests. On February 15, the ship exploded. Though it is now believed that the deadly blast that sank the ship was accidental, at the time most Americans blamed the Spanish. In April, after some hesitancy, McKinley asked congress for a declaration of war. Upon the outbreak of the war, Florida became the scene of intense military activity. Training camps were established in various locations, and Tampa was selected as the main port of embarkation for an American expeditionary force headed for Cuba. Despite mass confusion, U.S. forces would successfully land in Cuba and force the surrender of the Spanish garrison after a brief campaign. The war lasted only until August, when the two belligerents signed an armistice. A final treaty was signed in December 1898.