City of Ponce, Ruerto Rico

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Collection Norman S. Richmond
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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the "City of Ponce, looking toward the port/Ponce, at this time (1898) contained about/25,000 inhabitants, had a telephone system/incandescent lights and an ice factory".

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view from an elevated position showing the City of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Also known as Playa De Ponce. Residences are in the forground. The Puerto Rican Expedition landed here on July 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 P2004.11.7
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Ponce, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Cities & towns
Spanish American War
Title City of Ponce, Ruerto Rico
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