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Orders for a Trench Raid

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Admin/Biog History Ulysses Grant Carl was born on a farm near Picket, Wisconsin in January 1866, the son of Moses and Hannah Carl. Following his father's death in 1868, his mother moved to Oshkosh. He was educated in the Oshkosh schools and worked for Clark Carriage Company and J. L. Clark Manufacturing Company. When the Oshkosh Rifles, Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, was formed in 1878, he enlisted at the age of twelve as a drummer boy. He was associated with this unit the rest of his life. He rose through the ranks to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and in 1898 was catain of Company F. He led the company during the Spanish American War and served in Puerto Rico. In 1916 he was promoted to Regimental Quartermaster and served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was promoted to major on July 14, 1917 and commanded the 3rd Battalion 3rd Wisconsin national Guard and later was in command of the 3rd Battalion, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division in World War I, and was gassed in France. Following his recovery, he held a post at the Port of Brest, France and mustered out in 1919. He became the Adjutant of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI (near Waupaca) on April 9, 1923 and served their until his death in 1928. He was engaged to be married to Alma Leupold at the time of his death.
Classification Archives
Collection Ulysses Grant Carl
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Orders to Major Ulysses Grant Carl concerning a raid on German trenches:

SECRET
From: Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, C. R. Austerlitz
To: Commanding Officer, 128th Infantry
Subject: plan of proposed raid.

1. Pursuant to 2nd Ind. Hq. 128th Infantry, 9th July, 1918, the following is the proposed plan of a raid.

PLAN
Object: To execute a raid on the enemy's lines for the purpose of capturing prisoners.

Strength: One Captain
Three Lieutenants
Twelve Sergeants
Twenty-four Corporals
One Hundred and eight men
Divided into twelve seperate subgroups, forming three groups.

RAIDING PARTY: The three groups will be commanded by a Captain.
GROUPS: One Lieutenant (Commander)
Four Subgroups.
SUBGROUPS: Composition: One sergeant
two corporals
nine men

EQUIPEMENT: Each subgroup will carry three wire cutters, large type. Each man will carry five offensive grenades and two defensive grenades. Each NCO [Non-commissioned officer] will carry two incendiary grenades in addition to the other grenades. All will be armed with pistols and trench knives. In addition subgroups 1 and 12 will each have a Chauchat [French light machine gun] for immediate protection.

LIMITS OF TERRAIN INVLOVED: Northern limits: a line established by coordinates 03.81 to 06.81. Southern limits: a line established by coordinates 02.77 to 05.77.

MISSION AND ROUTES OF SUBGROUPS: Subgroup No. 1 to remain at 01.77 as a guard facing south east, against action from woods.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Ulysses Grant Carl was born on a farm near Picket, WI circa 1868. His parents, Moses and Hannah Carl moved to Oshkosh when he was a small boy. He was educated in the Oshkosh schools and worked for Clark Carriage Company and J. L. Clark Manufacturing Company. When the Oshkosh Rifles, Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, was formed, he enlisted at the age of twelve as a drummer boy. He was associated with this unit the rest of his life. He rose through the ranks to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and in 1898 was catain of Company F. He led the company during the Spanish American War and served in Puerto Rico. In 1916 he was promoted to Regimental Quartermaster and served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was promoted to major in command of the 3rd Battalion, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division in World War I, and was gassed in France. Following his recovery, he held a post at the Port of Brest, France and mustered out in 1919. He became the Adjutant of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI (near Waupaca) and served their until his death in 1928. He was engaged to be married to Alma Leupold at the time of his death. The vast majority of these materials relate to his service as Battalion commander in the 128th Infantry, 32nd Division. The diary in the collection was kept by his sister Rose Carl during the Spanish American War.
Object ID RG54.27
Object Name Orders, Military
People Carl, Ulysses Grant
Related unit of descrip Photograpaphs
Subjects World War I
32nd Division
128th United States Infantry
Trench warfare
Artillery (Weaponry)
Title Orders for a Trench Raid
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