Breaking Camp, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard

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Collection Robert Brand, Jr.
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the Company Street for the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard band.
Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view of the company street for the band, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in camp. They are sitting in front of their "Pup Tents". Phil Laffey, Band Master, is standing in front of his "Wall Tent" at the end of the street. The village of Coamo, Puerto Rico is visble at the foot of a hill in the distance. Taken in August 1898 prior to their return to Wisconsin September 9.
Phillip A. Laffey was born in Portsmouth, England April 17, 1871. He began his musical career at age 14 and was a Band Master in the British Navy. In 1895 he came to the US and setled in Oshkosh. he became the violinist for Trinity Episcopal Church. He married Cora Mueller October 29, 1896. He was one of the founders of the Arion Band and the Acme Orchestra in Oshkosh. He served as the Band Leader of the 2nd WNG Band for several years and served during the Spanish-American War. In 1901 he moved to Chicago, IL where he instructed violin at the Chicago Conservatory. he also toured with orchestras for 11 seasons. The Laffeys returned to Oshkosh in November 1927 where he conducted the band at the Fischer theater. He invented improvements to the glockenschpiel and was an active music composer. He died in Oshkosh in 1947
Object ID P2004.18.8
Object Name Cabinet Card
People Laffey, Phillip A.
Place Coamao, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Group photographs
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Military bands
Arion Band
Spanish American War
Title Breaking Camp, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard
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