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Spanish American War Sgt W.W. Connor


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This uniform was worn by Sgt W.W. Connor who served with the Massachusetts NG in Cuba during the Spanish American War. He was shipped home when he contacted malaria. Uniform consist of his tunic, pants, campaign hat, canteen, haversack, shoes and leggings, and cartridge belt with Mass belt buckle. Also included was his diary which was kept day to day throughout his war time experience.

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Is that a diary I see?

 

Yes a day to day account of his service in Cuba which includes several engagements with Spanish troops as well as a good account of daily life in the army during that period.

 

Terry

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Superb set, Span Am groups are few and far between and one that is this complete is quite the rarity. Thanks for posting and undertaking the burden of preservation.

 

Terence

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Any way you can post a pic of the shoes?

 

Bill,

Attached are pic of the right boot. Didn't take both off, to difficult to get them back on. Hope this helps some. These may be a private purchase boot, they came with all his other uniform items.

Terry

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Bill,

Attached are pic of the right boot. Didn't take both off, to difficult to get them back on. Hope this helps some. These may be a private purchase boot, they came with all his other uniform items.

Terry

 

Bill,

Last two pic.

Terry

 

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Thanks for doing this! I am not an expert in footwear, especially this period, but I agree that they may be private purchase? Hopefully someone better then me can chime in here. Thanks for the upload!!

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In your WW Connor display, are those marksman badges on the collars? Do you know what kind of collar insignia were typically worn by enlisted men in the state guard units? Most displays I've seen don't have any kind of collar devices(USV, or numbers) except for the officers.

Thanks, and that is one incredible grouping!

 

Steve

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In your WW Connor display, are those marksman badges on the collars? Do you know what kind of collar insignia were typically worn by enlisted men in the state guard units? Most displays I've seen don't have any kind of collar devices(USV, or numbers) except for the officers.

Thanks, and that is one incredible grouping!

 

Steve

 

Steve,

Sorry about the delay in answering your question. Family emergency put me out of the loop for awhile. I don't think the enlisted men wore any collar insignia during the 1898 period with the exception of the marksman collar badges. I have seen a picture in a period book showing this Mass unit in formation. On the end of the first rank is a Sgt and the marksman collar insignia can be clearly seen. Don't know if other state units followed this but the Mass units appeared to

 

Terry

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