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  1. Nice! I saw those but my 1st Wash collecting has been on idle a while. In 30 years I have seen a few, from memory with medal groups. The funny thing is those 'period' insignia are the toughest part to find. I have an 1895 tunic to a Captain of one the companies. Still has his signal corps devices and the 'V' letters but he removed the U & S for use on his khakis once he got to the Philippines.
  2. I have probably a 1000 or more photos from the period and a number of them are the ubiquitous camp mess or kitchens. I will keep an eye out. As far as surviving examples hopefully at least one or more did, but those later world war scrap drives were pretty efficient....
  3. From the pics it looks right. 1886 Whittemore plate made at Watervliet arsenal. Someone polished the front up.
  4. A.R. Smith was fairly early inspector, his cartouche is on a lot of Watervliet 1870's-80's ordnance gear. I believe your McKeever is .45/70.
  5. The regular US Army 1886 belt plate is 'way out' for this belt as well. These commercial civilian belts used a brass wire c-catch closure. Although I've seen the commercial / civilian stamped Mills plates (dogs head etc.) on them.
  6. Interesting question as there were so many big events going on those years. I was in high school and felt a sense of 'defeat' & that so much was for naught. Then there was the TV news showing the chaotic air / sea evacuations, which added to the gloom. Flash forward several years and I was working at a furniture place with a humble Vietnamese guy in our crew - older than us - and our boss said Henry here was on one of the last helicopters off the embassy, and, hes on the cover of a news magazine (Newsweek or Time I think). So I find a copy and by God there he is...unmistakeable Flash forward another year or two and I was in the Air Force, a new airman and the Sgt. training me related being on one of the last C-130's out. We had a conversation about US servicemen still being in country after March or April 73 and he said well we were based in Thailand but 'TDY' at Than Son Nut until literally the day it fell.
  7. Well that first upload - my first - didn't go so OK as I couldn't remove the oversize file before edit time expired. But there you go. Its from Campaigning In The Phillipines. The photo is from their souvenir roster and reception upon return to Seattle. The 8th corps badge he is wearing in the photo may well be the one that was engraved and in the group.
  8. Looks right down to the lead back crossed rifles. The 1st Ill. had interesting service, arriving in Cuba before hostilities ended. They marched from disembarkation at Siboney up to San Juan Hill outside Santiago, entering the trenches adjacent to the 1st Vol. Cav. Rough Riders. They were in the final skirmishes of July 10-17 before the cease fire. Like most regiments, malaria over the next months turned out to be their worst enemy. I have a grouping from a Co. G soldier. His granddaughter told me he was very ill after returning, the effects lingering for a year or so, but afterwards he was barely sick a day the rest of his life, living into his 80's.
  9. Wonderful Phillipine nationalist flag. I have pretty much all the Annual Reports to the Sec. of War for the Phillippine war period 1898-1902. Each one contains an extensive index so when I get time I'll see if anything might be mentioned that would shed some light. Thing is, capturing these flags was pretty common during the war there. Hundreds of small company sized engagements where momentos were gleaned from an abandoned Filipino army nipa hut HQ.
  10. Without a picture I'll hazard a few observations....No length of the belt given but iirc Mills did make belts in sizes including lengths for smaller waists -- with a correspondining reduction of the number of loops. As far as this being only a single row, if the loops are woven and not sewn, its a Mills woven product and likely a state or national guard request or contract. Not likely regular US army unless it was a trial piece. From 1900 until the phase out / replacement by the new Mills pocket patterns, the regular army infantry and artillery wore the tan color, double looped Mills belt with the 'C' catch.
  11. If that was the one from the Cowan auction its very likely Capt. Marshall Scudders as the group did contain several engraved veterans badges of his along with the Spanish War Service. The fact that it is an 'No.' and happened to be in the missing swath of numbers shouldn't disuade you as long as the group stays together. He was the Captain of Co. E, 1st Washington (State) Volunteer Infantry and served in the early Philippine war with the regiment. He along with the company are in photographs from the state version of Campaigning In The Phillipines.
  12. Nice. It has all the right earmarks to be Span Am war. This particular set would be worn from 1890 until about 1902. The artillery sgt. chevrons are of the pattern used through 1902. The fatigue coat is the 1890 pattern. The lining looks pre-1898, the blue gray mixed wool standard until 1897. There may be traces of the quartermaster inspection stamp (with the date) on the sleeve lining but not likely as those wore off easily plus the coat was clearly tailored, and likely cleaned during its use. It also has that pinking strip some NCO's and soldiers added. The trousers are standard 1885 pattern with proper 1" sgt. stripes. As for when it was used specifically, the key may be in those medals and any paperwork the family has along with the name of course. Prior to the Span Am war the artillery was a small branch, grew by several regiments during the war, then grew again post war dividing into the coast artillery and field artillery branches in 1901.
  13. The long term consensus is that most enlisted men at the battle wore the 1872 pattern folding campaign hat or a private purchase brimmed hat. Battle historian James Hutchins did a pretty thorough analysis of this, which were published from the 1950s-70's. There is some archaeological evidence - albeit slight - to back this up too, as several metal hook & eyes have been excavated of the type used on the folding hat. These fasteners were also used on pre-1874 blouses or tunics however. Contemporaneous pictures of troops in the field durng the 1876-77 period also support this. The private purchase hats were clearly more popular but the bottom line is that the folding hat was 'the hat' issued to enlisted men. That, combined with the fact that field service was an opportunity to use up no-longer-regulation and less desirable garb, presents the liklihood of a good number of the issue folding hats on the heads of troopers. A small size general service eagle button excavated at the battlefield also suggests that one or more men may have worn a regulation forage cap. But again, the button is the same type used on the pre-1872 shell jacket, a few of which in modified form were probably there, and the same button sometimes added to the cuffs of sack coats. But given the number of troops in the 7th on the campaign, odds are that a few forage caps were probably being worn.
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