1899 US Army Corps of Engineers in Philippines, photo album
Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:55 AM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:55 AM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:24 AM
WOW, How I would really love to have found that !! You usually don't find a great deal of reference to the early, pre-1900 era U.S. Army Engineers, so your photo book is a real find. I done some preliminary research on the Engineer's activities in the Philippines, circa 1898 - 1900, relative to one of my medal groups. While your 'e looking through the photos, PLEASE see if you come across a PVT. FRANCIS E. CUMMINGS, of COMPANY A, 1st U.S. Engineer Battalion. Pvt. Cummings was from Maine, & after having served stateside with the 1st Maine Infantry during the SAW, he enlisted in the Regular Army on 01-25-1899 & volunteered for duty in the P.I. He served in the Philippines with the Co. A / 1st Eng. ( Under command of 2nd Lieut. William D. O'Connor ) until he was returned home to CONUS due to sickness, & was honorably discharged on 08-01-1900. He re-enlisted in the Maine NG, serving many more years. He finally retired as a Major in the MNG! after having served in France as C.O. of a Coast Artillery unit. There's much more to Cumming's story, but I really have't been able to research his year or so overseas with the Engineers. So, if you would PLEASE let me know if you come across ANY mention of Pvt. Cummings, and or Company A in general, I would be most deeply appreciative. Congratulation again on your very unique find !! THANK YOU
Best, Dom Pastore ( dpast32@ aol.com )
Edited by Dom Pastore Jr., 15 December 2012 - 08:29 AM.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:49 AM
Rest assured I will let you know if I find anything on Pvt. Cummings. I should have added that the caption on the back of the photo depicting the engineers building the bridge states ' Company E '. Any chance you have a good web site where I could do some research on US Army Engineers during this time period? When I go to sell the album I should have a good write up.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:24 PM
They are huge.
That one still standing across the trail.
Edited by manayunkman, 15 December 2012 - 05:26 PM.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:48 PM
Picked up a massive photo album compiled by an officer with the US Army Corps of Engineers while in the Philippines. An amazing piece of history and will post select photos from it once scanning is completed. But for now, here are two good shots.
Are any of the photos post-1899 do you think?
Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:16 PM
The wagons look like toys in that landscape.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:21 PM
detail from above photo.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:20 PM
I don't think so, Mpage but I will need to examine the photos and their content as I scan. But it is possible as I have not really studied the album. Most of the photos are platinum type photos rather than the usual silver types.
This is really a long shot, an I'm very likely wrong here, but in post #2, the chap on the far left of the photo resembles MacArthur in a way. He also appears to be holding a cigarette in the manner MacArhur did back then. MacA was in fact in the 3rd Engineer Battalion in the Philippines, but in 1903.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:39 PM
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