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Charles R. Skeels Photographs

Identifier: MSS 0447

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 32 2.5x4 black and white photos, 29 3x5 photos, and one 1.5x2.5 photo. The 2.5x4 images were taken by Skeels and depict the surrender of Francisco Sequeira (aka General Cabulla) and his army in Chinandega and events surrounding the surrender including a funeral train for two American Marines killed in an encounter with Cabulla's men at La Paz Centro. All of these events occurred in May, 1927. The incident and the surrender are described on pages 42-47 of The Sandino Affair by Neill Macaulay. The photographs are numbered on the back and are described in a letter sent by Skeels to Macaulay on September 25, 1970. The letter is included with the collection. The 3x5 images are on postcard stock and, according to the letter, were purchased from a newsman in Chinandega. They depict the effects of fighting in the town, burnt corpses, and unidentified Nicaraguan armed units. These photographs were presumably taken shortly after fighting between Liberal and Conservative armies in the Chinandega department in April, 1927. A photograph of the Hotel Capitolio is identified as the place where Skeels was stationed for three months.


  • Creation: 1927



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Skeels was a sailor assigned to a Marine and Navy contingent sent to Chinandega, Nicaragua, in 1927. Additional information on Skeels is unavailable.


0.01 Linear feet (62 images)

Language of Materials



Photographs taken by Charles R. Skeels in Chinandega, Nicaragua, in 1927.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The photographs were given to History Professor Neill Macaulay in 1970 by Skeels and were found during processing of the Macaulay Papers in 2011.

A Guide to the Charles R. Skeels Photographs
Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness
July 2011
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America