THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
Often viewed as a footnote in American history, the brief Spanish American War ushered America into world affairs. The 1898 war made it clear that the United States was an emerging world power. The 2nd Wisconsin National Guard mobilized on April 28, 1898. The twelve companies came from Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Beaver Dam, Ripon, Ashland, and other local communities.
The 2nd Wisconsin 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. Companies B and F, from Oshkosh, returned on September 9, to a hero's welcome. Ten men from the regiment died of disease during the conflict.