Chaplain Edward H. Smith and "Ponce"

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Collection Spanish American War
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Description Gelatin print mounted on brown colored card stock of Edward H. Smith Chaplain, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on his horse "Ponce".
Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view of Chaplain Edward H. Smith, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, mounted on his horse "Ponce". He is wearing a black chaplain's frock coat with chaplain's shoulder boards; campaign hat; and leggings.

Reverend Edward H. Smith was born December 14, 1842 in Cheshire, England. He studied theology at New College; pastored a Congregational Church in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire; imigrated to the US two years later; did his postgraduate work at Yale; pastored New England Congregational Church of Chicago in 1873(?); pastored church in Morrison, IL for seven years; pastored a church in Michigan City, IN for seven years: came to Oshkosh in 1886 and pastored the 1st Congregational Church for 27 years; appointed Chaplain of 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in 1892 and served in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War; created a national controversey by stating that "Good beer is better than bad water", in reference to the diseased water that affected US troops in Georgia; Author that published five books; married Jane Gray Woodward on April 23, 1872 and had one surviving child, Albert Fletcher Smith; wife died June 2, 1919; married Florence Mabel Williams, April 17, 1927; he died in 1931 at the age of 89.
Object ID P2004.44.10
Object Name Cabinet Card
People Smith, Edward Henry
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Title Chaplain Edward H. Smith and "Ponce"
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