Company B at Mess

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Collection Norman S. Richmond
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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the "Company B at Mess/Coamo Puerto Rico/1898".

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 20699
Notes Outdoor view of Company B at Mess, 2nd Wisconsin at Coamo, Puerto Rico. All of the men wear pullover blue shirts, wool trousers; leggings; and campaign hats in various stages of dilapidation. Most are either holding mess kits with food; tin cups with coffee; and pieces of bread. Tents and supply wagons are in the background. Inscribed on back are the names of the soldiers in this photograph. Captain Walter Marden is the tall man in center standing with tin cup. The man with '4' above his head is the donor, Norman S. Richmond.

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 P2004.11.6
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Richmond, Norman S.
Wellnitz, Charles
Thenee, Henry
Delaney, Jack
Zwicky, William
Harney, John E. "Jack"
Skidmore, Vashti
Pierce, Horace
Buchanan, Charles "Chic"
Church, Chester G.
Lee, John
Decker, Ray
Toddy, John
Harvey, Frank
Knapp, Orie
Ainsworth, Joseph
Perkins, Levi
Blau, Joseph
Reynolds, Guy
Repe, Robert "Bob"
Vosberg, Frank
Smith, "Roe"
Arndt, William "Billy"
Groesbeck, Silas "Si"
Kenney, Martin G.
Marden, Walter A.
Place Coamao, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Group photographs
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Horse drawn vehicles
Eating & drinking
Mess halls
Title Company B at Mess
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