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Admin/Biog History Marshal H. Downs was a member of Company K, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard during the Spanish American War. Company K was from Beaver Dam, WI.
Collection Spanish American War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation July 31, 1898
Abstract Letter to wife from Marshal H. Downs, Company K, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, written in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He discusses their sea voyage, landing, a battle, prisoners, welcome by local inhabitants,

Ponce, Porto Rico, July 31, 1898
To my darling wife and baby:
I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well, and happy, and hope this will find you the same. We had a fine voyage down here. We landed here at Ponce Friday without opposition by the Spaniards. They fled to the hills when we came in sight. But it has been skirmish every day since we landed. We have captured 200 prisoners. The 3rd Wisconsin [National Guard] got into battle yesterday and one man was wounded in the hip, and one of the Massachusetts boys got shot in the neck, and went a mile, and a half before he fell. There was a skirmish last night but have heard of no one being wounded, or killed.
We are having a very nice time down here. It is a fine country down here. The land is the same as in Wis. The natives can not do too much for us. The day we went through the town you could not hear anything on account of the noise made by the natives in cheering us. They would holler Hurrah, Hurrah, Porto Rican Libre, Americano. We expect to leave here in about two hours to see if we can not get some more of those Spaniards.
I do not think we will be here long because they are doing to much surrendering to make if last long. The boys are all in good health.
When you address your letters to me address them. Branch Military Post Office No. 1 New York City, N. Y. 1st. Brigade 1st. Division 1st Army Corp.
Ponce, Aug. 1st. 1898
Darling wife and baby:
I will now drop you a few lines more. I am well, & happy, and hope this will find my darlings the same. Our company went out on out post duty at 10 o'clock yesterday, and got in at noon today. We captured sixteen Spaniards, one revolver, and forty rounds of ammunition. We never had to fire a shot. This is all I can think of this time. Do not worry for there is no Spaniards to fight. They all run at sight of Americans.
The boys are getting ready to go swimming, I was in swimming day before yesterday, am going to stay in my tent and sleep today for on out post duty you can not sleep for twenty four hours. I send with this letter a few shells picked up on the seashore in front of the Spanish fort at Ponce. Will send some bigger ones before long. Take good care of your self, and baby. Give my best regards to all. With love, and kisses to you my only darlings. Hoping to see you all soon. I remain as ever your true, loving, and faithful husband. M. H. Downs
Event Spanish American War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.7.4.3
Object Name Letter
People Downs, Marshal H.
Subjects Spanish American War
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
Campaigns & battles
Prisoners of war
Title Letter
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