(For non-locals, the Tales of Chetzemoka are still available on Amazon, too.)
From the Port Townsend Leader, 1895:
"HE FAVORS THE FORTIFICATIONS
Important Letter From General Miles
DEFENSES OF PUGET SOUND
In a Letter to Colonel Henry Landes the New Commander of the United States Army Tells of His Belief in the Necessity of Fortifications.
Shortly after General Nelson A. Miles was appointed to the command of the army of the United States, a letter of congratulation was written him by Colonel Henry Landes, in which he took occasion to call the attention, also, of the general to his past interest in the subject of fortifications for Puget Sound, and expressing the hope that in his new position he would continue to discuss this matter in his official papers.
A most gratifying reply was received yesterday by Colonel Landes, as follows:
Headquarters of the Army, Washington D.C., Oct. 12, 1895.
Mr. Henry Landes, Port Townsend Wash. My dear sir: - Your very kind letter of September 30 was duly received, and highly appreciated your kind congratulations.
I fully realize the importance of the subject of your letter, namely, the defense of Puget Sound, and shall give it every attention and support that is possible to give. I intend to mention the matter in my official communications, and hope, during my term of service, to see some substantial progress made in that direction.
I shall be glad to hear from you at any time, and should you visit Washington in the furture (sic) I shall be pleased to see you.
Very sincerely yours,
NELSON A. MILES,
Major General, U.S.A." -From the Port Townsend Leader, 1895
Historic Fort Worden is now a state park. The parks service rents out the old officers' quarters to visitors: fortworden.org/stay-here/officers-row/ They also rent out Alexander's Castle, a tiny little brick castle built in 1882 (on land which would later become part of the fort) by Reverend John Alexander: http://fortworden.org/stay-here/cottage/
Film buffs will remember Fort Worden as the setting for Richard Gere's breakthrough movie, "An Officer And a Gentleman" -and they'll remember the blimp hangar for his fight scene in the film!
Fort Worden has gorgeous, sweeping views, beautiful beaches, museums, hiking and biking trails, camping spots, a military parade ground (great for field games like tag!), old bunkers (for exploration, and sneakier games like capture the flag)... There's something for everyone!