American Imperial Wars Philippines, Haiti, Cuba, Domincan Rep
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:24 PM
As much as I love the photographs of the items being discussed, I equally love the items in the background
also caught on film. When time permits, please post more!
Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:53 PM
Couple of items of interest of Lt. Hughes from the U.S. Army Military History website:http: //www.history.army.mil/documents/spanam/BSSJH/GD-10Cav.htm
Report of Gun Detachment, Second Cavalry Brigade, composed of Tenth Cavalrymen, on July 1.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL SECOND CAVALRY BRIGADE.
BEFORE SANTIAGO DE CUBA. July 1, 1898.
Sir: I have the honor to report that on July 1, 1898, this detachment went into action on the road about 100 yards beyond the first crossing of the San Juan Creek and opened up on the blockhouse and intrenchment about 600 yards to the right of the road and did some effective work with 8 or 10 shots, and, not having any cover, was forced to retire, having 2 men wounded in a very few moments-Sergt. J. G. L. Taylor, Troop E, Tenth Cavalry, and Private Peter Saunders, Troop B, Tenth Cavalry. I later opened fire with one gun on hill at second blockhouse nearest town, on an intrenchment occupied by Spanish troops, and forced them to leave the same. After a few shots I was relieved by alight battery and retired. Shortly after, with two Hotchkiss guns and a machine gun, I took position on crest occupied by a troop of the First United States Cavalry (Captain Galbraith's), and with the Hotchkiss guns did some effective work on a blockhouse in our immediate front, about 800 or 900 yards distant. The machine gun did good work on an intrenchment.
I wish to mention as particularly meritorious and gallant Sergeant Watson and Private Saunders, both of Troop B, Tenth Cavalry, in aiding a wounded corporal of the Third Cavalry to a hospital under a heavy artillery fire, he being deserted by everyone else. The same men deserve special mention for their magnificent behavior during the entire time they were in action. Private Saunders was wounded in the first action and taken to the rear. I also want to mention Private Daniels, of Troop F, for gallant behavior in the first action.
JAMES B. HUGHES.
First Lieutenant, Tenth Cavalry, Commanding Detachment.
Edited by ludwigh1980, 30 January 2013 - 03:54 PM.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
After Action Report
Hotchkiss Gun Detachment,
2d Cavalry Brigade
Report of Hotchkiss-gun detachment of the Second Cavalry Brigade, composed of men of the Tenth United States Cavalry, in action against Spaniards, July 1, 1898, before Santiago de Cuba.
BEFORE SANTIAGO DE CUBA,
July 5, 1898.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL SECOND CAVALRY BRIGADE.
SIR: I have the honor to report that this detachment went into action early in the day just across the ford of the San Juan Creek, about 100 yards above the crossing, and opened fire on blockhouse and intrenchment about 700 or 800 yards to the right of the road. This position was held for twenty or thirty minutes, and we did effective work during this time. The position occupied was much exposed and the detachment was forced to retire, having two men wounded-Sergt. J. G. L. Taylor, Troop E, Tenth Cavalry, and Private Peter Saunders, Troop B, Tenth Cavalry. The guns next took a position on ridge at second blockhouse, nearest the Spaniards' line, and opened fire on Spanish intrenchment and succeeded in driving the Spaniards from the ditch. At this stage a light battery (K, First Artillery, Captain Best's) arrived, took my position, and I retired. Shortly thereafter I took a position on a ridge northeast of my former position, in advance of a troop of the First United States Cavalry (Captain Galbraith's), and opened fire on a blockhouse with excellent results. This fire I kept up until my ammunition was exhausted, firing 20 or more shots. At this time I had with my detachment a Gatling gun, which was placed on Captain Galbraith's line, and with it did good work.. After my Hotchkiss-gun ammunition was exhausted my men took place in Captain Galbraith's firing-line.
In connection with this day's work I wish to mention for conspicuous gallantry, bravery, and meritorious work Sergt. Arthur Watson and Private Peter Saunders, both of Troop B, Tenth Cavalry, for taking to the rear a corporal of the Third Cavalry, severely wounded-this at El Poso, under a severe artillery fire, this man and place being deserted by all save these men, so far as I could see. At this place I had three mules wounded, one of which died, These two men were conspicuous during the entire time they were in action, Private Saunders being shot down, wounded in thigh, when engagement first opened. I also want to men[t]ion Sergeant Bivins, Troop G, Tenth Cavalry, and Private Daniels, Troop F, Tenth Cavalry, for conspicuous bravery during the day. At the bombardment of El Poso early in the morning my detachment, being right in the line of fire, was somewhat scattered and I could collect only about 15 of my men when I moved to the front, and I commend them all for their spirit, enterprise. and good behavior during the entire day.
JAMES B. HUGHES.
First Lieutenant, Tenth Cavalry, Commanding
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You are correct on the field hat in picture 25, a forum member has a copy (or an original I forget) showing at least one marine officer wearing this type of hat......so yes even if not issued these hats found their way to the Marines in the PI.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:54 PM
Here is recent aquisition. Came across ebay, in the wrong section however those who needed to find it did. Not a steal but I have wanting one of these Model 1898 Officers examples for awaile, especially one that saw service in Cuba. This one is completely original and untouched. Missing the eagles on the shoulder straps. The collar devices are sewn to the tunic. The majors leaves are bent prong back. Typical box pleat on back as shown. Faded from field wear and some staining in armpits from the wearing a blue undershirt. This is one of my new favorite Spanish American Pieces. So many of the Model 1898's coats were destroyed (burned) when the troops were returning from Cuba and put into quarantine, hince thier rarity today. The 1st Illinois Infantry United States Volunteers arrived in Cuba to late to participate in the battle for San Juan and Kettle Hill. They did however participate in the siege of Santiago de Cuba. A short history of the regiment is provided here http://www.spanamwar...stillinois.html
This coat surfaced on ebay from a vintage clothing dealer out of Chicago. There is only a few Majors that were in the regiment and all three were from Chicago. Sadly any name that might be in the coat is faded away.
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Now to the part as to why it is to be included with my topic. Etched into the backstrap of the saber and then plated, which has worn substantialy, is: W.P. EDGERTON U.S.A. . Colonel Wright P. Edgerton was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point N.Y. in 1874. A short history of his service is provided at the following link : http://www.usma.edu/...t Edgarton.aspx
He was Aide de Camp to General Nelson Miles in Puerto Rico in 1898. It can be assumed that he picked up the Saber during this campaign and it was engraved with his name. From the wear I wonder if he wore it after the new 1902 sabers were adopted. Sadly he contracted an illness in the tropics which caused him to have heart failure and he died in 1904. Hopefully more research will yield more about its capture history. Here is his saber...
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