THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh

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Description Gelatin print of Company B & F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh.

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish-American War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 1224
Notes Outdoor image taken from an elevated point showing Company F or B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh. The camera is pointing north near Bond Street and Algoma Boulevard at the Wisconsin Central Railroad depot (later the Soo Line Depot). Businesses along Main Street can been seen on the left and the 1st Methodist Churc looms over them at far right. An enormous crowd of well-wishers can be seen surrounding a steam engine with cars near the depot. People are on roof tops and even on utility poles. Taken April 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 P2004.44.58
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4" x 5"
Subjects Group photographs
Male
Soldiers
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Spanish American War
Railroad stations
Crowds
Railroad depots
Railroad cars
Railroad locomotives
Steam engines
Wisconsin Central Railroad
Soo Line Rail Road
Bond Street
First Methodist Church
Title Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard leaving Oshkosh
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