THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh

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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh.

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor image taken from an elevated point showing Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh. The soldiers are surounded by a large crowd of well-wishers with flowers and a policeman is parting the crowd for them to pass. The men are shaking hands and receiving bouquets of flowers. A box car can be seen at right. Taken April 28, 1898.

This regiment mobilized on April 28, 1898. The twelve companies came from Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Beaver Dam, Ripon, Ashland, and other local communities. The regiment mustered into Federal service as the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteers, at Camp Harvey in Milwaukee on May 12. The men trained at Camp Thomas, Georgia for two months. In July, they moved by train to Charleston, South Carolina, where they shipped out to Puerto Rico. Landing at Playa De Ponce on July 28, 1898, they participated in combat at Coamo on August 9. They remained in Puerto Rico after the signing of the Peace Protocol for one month. Companies B and F, from Oshkosh, returned on September 9, to a hero's welcome. The 2nd and 3rd Wisconsin were the only two regiments from the state to see actual fighting during the war. There were no battle casualties, but ten men from the regiment died of disease during the conflict.
Object ID P2004.44.4
Object Name cabinet card
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 5.25"
Subjects Group photographs
Male
Soldiers
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Rifles
Spanish American War
Railroad stations
Crowds
Title Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh
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