THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Camp of 2nd Wisconsin at Coamo, Puerto Rico

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Collection Norman S. Richmond
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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the "Camp of 2nd [Wis. Vol. Inf.] at Coamo [Puerto Rico]".

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view of the Camp of 2nd Wisconsin at Coamo, Puerto Rico. Tents have been erected in Company streets in a mountain valley. The regiment's supply wagons are in the foreground. Inscribed on back: "Camp of 2nd at Coamo before going to Aibonito. Peace was declared at this time and we, Co. B, had two days field rations and were in light marching orde, ready and all in the ranks to march to Aibonito Pass, where would have been probably one of the boodiest battles since the "Wilderness". The road for nearly a mile and half was filled with mines to be exploded as we tried to force the pass. "X" = the tent occupied by Norman Richmond, priv.; Robert Hay, bugler; Thomas Carroll, corp.; and a private by the name of (Geo.) Gustin; and last but not least (much to my sorrow) by Corp. Carroll's Puerto Rican 'Game Cock'.

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 P2004.11.5
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Richmond, Norman S.
Hay, Robin
Carroll, Thomas
Gustin, George
Place Coamao, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Group photographs
Male
Soldiers
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Camps
Tents
Horse drawn vehicles
Wagons
Title Camp of 2nd Wisconsin at Coamo, Puerto Rico
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