THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Battlefield at Arbito Pass, Puerto Rico

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Description Gelatin print mounted on gray colored card stock of the Battlefield at Arbito Pass, Puerto Rico

Year Range from 1898
Event Spanish American War
Year range to 1898
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Outdoor view looking down a road with several soldiers and civilians. This is the Battlefield at Arbito Pass, Puerto Rico. An inscription on front reads, "Scene of skirmish between 2nd and 3rd Wis and 16th Penn. Vol's. and Spanish forces, 9th of August 1898, in which several Spanish were killed and wounded and only one American of the 16th Penn. skightly injured. 150 Spanish Infantry were taken prisoner."
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 P2004.44.41
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Coamao, PR
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Spanish American War
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Battlefields
Roads
Soldiers
Title Battlefield at Arbito Pass, Puerto Rico
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