Spanish American War
Historical Sketch of the 50th Regiment Volunteer Infantry
Transcribed and Contributed by: Dena Whitesell
[Source: Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers, Vol VI, published 1911, pages 416-498]

Fiftieth Regiment - Iowa Volunteer Infantry pages 416-498

HISTORICAL SKETCH FIFTIETH REGIMENT IOWA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

This regiment—formerly the Second Regiment Iowa National Guard— was ordered into quarters at Camp McKinley, Des Moines, Iowa, on the 25th day of April, 1898, and was there mustered into the service of the United States, on the 17th day of May, 1898, by Captain J. A. Olmsted, of the Regular Army. On May 21, 1898, Colonel Jackson received orders from the War Department to proceed with his regiment by rail to Tampa, Fla. While enroute, however, the Colonel received a telegram from the Secretary of War, changing the destination of the regiment to Jacksonville, Fla. Upon its arrival at Jacksonville, May 24, 1898, the regiment went into camp on a flat tract of land near the city. The camp was later designated "Cuba Libre." When the rainy season began, notwithstanding its high sounding name, it proved to be a very poor location for an encampment of troops, a portion of the ground being flooded, compelling the men to construct temporary quarters, elevated above the ground. The inevitable result was a considerable amount of sickness among the men, which, in a number of cases, proved fatal. It was not until the first of August, however, that the protests of the officers and men prevailed, and the camp was removed to higher ground. Nevertheless, the general climatic conditions were unfavorable, and, from August 10th to September 5th, the daily sick reports showed from one hundred to three hundred sick in hospital or relieved from duty by the Surgeon. There was no time, however, when the regiment did not have at least eight hundred enlisted men available for duty.

The regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division, Seventh Army Corps. The brigade was constituted as follows: First Wisconsin, Ninth Illinois and Fiftieth Iowa Regiments of Infantry. General Bancroft of Massachusetts was in command of the brigade at that time, but there had been several previous changes, both in the make up of the brigade and its commanders. At an earlier period, Colonel Jackson had for a time (by virtue of his seniority in rank) had command of the division, Lieutenant Colonel Lambert, in the meantime, commanding the brigade, the command of the Fiftieth Iowa devolving upon Major Moffit. On August 9, 1898, Governor L. M. Shaw, accompanied by Adjutant General Byers and Colonel E. G. Pratt, made a visit of inspection to Camp Cuba Libre. The Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Iowa marched in review before the Governor, who subsequently made a careful inspection of the two regiments, with a view to ascertaining what could be done for the betterment of sanitary conditions.

On August 20, 1898, Colonel D. V. Jackson tendered his resignation and retired from the service. Lieutenant Colonel E. E. Lambert was then promoted to Colonel and assumed command of the regiment, which he retained until the close of its term of service. On September 12, 1898, orders were received from the War Department, directing the return of the regiment to Iowa. The sick were placed on board a Pullman car, and every arrangement was made for their comfort during the journey. Major John Tillie and Assistant Surgeon H. A. Boyle were detailed to make the necessary arrangements, and, to their untiring efforts, was due the return of the sick soldiers to their homes with the least possible discomfort. The regiment was transported by rail, and arrived at Des Moines, Iowa, on September 17, 1898. The men and officers were then granted a furlough of thirty days, with the exception of Lieutenant John S. Howard and a detail of sixty-four men who were left at Camp McKinley, to take care of the sick and guard the property. The furloughs were subsequently extended ten days, at the expiration of which time the regiment had reassembled in camp, and was mustered out of the service of the United States, November 30, 1898.

The foregoing sketch has been compiled from the official reports of Colonels Jackson and Lambert. Those reports describe many incidents connected with the service of the regiment, which - on account of limitation of space — are not included in this condensed history, which only contains the leading and most notable events which occurred during its term of service. The subjoined roster, which has been carefully transcribed from the official records, contains the names of all the men and officers of the regiment.

At the close of his official report, Colonel Lambert says: "I desire to take this opportunity to again express my gratitude to the officers and men of my command for their many courtesies and the willingness with which they co-operated with me in all the work for the betterment of the entire regiment. I can assure you that no regiment ever entered the service that was more loyal, energetic, enthusiastic, or more anxious to demonstrate to the world that they would fight unto death for the honor of the flag and their country."

SUMMARY OP CASUALTIES.

Total Enrollment ...................................1369

Killed ..............................................

Wounded ...........................................

Died of wounds......................................

Died of disease...................................... 32

Discharged for disease, wounds or other causes....... 30

Buried in National Cemeteries........................

Captured ...........................................

Transferred ........................................ 38

FIFTIETH REGIMENT IOWA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

Term of service two years or during the Spanish-American War.

Mustered into the service of the United States at Camp McKinley, Des Moines, Iowa, May 17, 1898, by Captain J. A. Olmsted, U.S.A.

Mustered out of service Nov. 30, 1898, Camp McKinley, Des Moines, Iowa.

Roster of Field, Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Staff Officers at muster in of organization.

FIELD AND STAFF

Douglas V. Jackson. Age 38. Residence Muscatine, nativity Iowa. Appointed Colonel April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Resigned Aug. 20, 1898, Jacksonville, Fla.

Elliott E. Lambert. Age 35. Residence Newton, nativity Ohio. Appointed Lieutenant Colonel April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Promoted Colonel Aug. 20, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

John T. Moffit. Age 35. Residence Tipton, nativity Iowa. Appointed Major April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 20, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

John Tillie. Age 41. Residence Muscatine, nativity Scotland. Appointed Major April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Harry H. Caughlan. Age 32. Residence Ottumwa, nativity Missouri. Appointed Major April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 189 8, Des Moines, Iowa.

Frederick Goedecke. Age 25. Residence Burlington, nativity Iowa. Appointed Regimental Adjutant April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

James C. France. Age 27. Residence Tipton, nativity Ohio. Appointed Battalion Adjutant April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Frederick B. Munroe. Age 28. Residence Muscatine, nativity Iowa. Appointed Battalion Adjutant April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18,1898. Resigned Sept.2,1898,Jacksonville, Fla.

Charles W. Kemble. Age 28. Residence Muscatine, nativity Iowa. Appointed Battalion Adjutant April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Herman J. Huiskamp. Age 24. Residence Fort Madison, nativity Iowa. Appointed Quartermaster April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Charles M. Robertson. Age 33. Residence Davenport, nativity Iowa. Appointed Surgeon April 26, 1898. Mustered May 6, 1898. Discharged for promotion as Chief Surgeon U. S. Volunteers, July 17, 1898, Jacksonville, Fla.

John W. Harriman. Age 32. Residence Iowa City, nativity Iowa. Appointed Assistant Surgeon April 26, 1898. Mustered May 6, 1898. Promoted Surgeon July 17, 1898. Resigned Sept. 1, 1898.

Charles S. Grant. Age 25. Residence Iowa City, nativity New York. Appointed Assistant Surgeon April 26, 1898. Mustered May 6, 1898. Promoted Surgeon Sept. 1, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1998, Des Moines, Iowa.

Harlow A. Boyle. Age 41. Residence Denison, nativity Pennsylvania. Appointed Assistant Surgeon Aug. 22, 1898. Mustered Aug. 22, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Gilbert L. Pray. Age 22. Residence Webster City, nativity Iowa. Appointed Assistant Surgeon Sept. 1, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Samuel R. J. Hoyt. Age 58. Residence Davenport, nativity Connecticut. Appointed Chaplain April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

NON-COMMISSIONED STAFF

Claude R. Porter. Age 25. Residence Centerville, nativity Iowa. Appointed Sergeant Major April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Hugh B. Holmes. Age 22. Residence Iowa City, nativity Illinois. Appointed Quartermaster Sergeant April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Francis C. Cope. Age 25. Residence Davenport, nativity Iowa. Appointed Hospital Steward April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

William D. Lowry. Age 22. Residence Muscatine, nativity Iowa. Appointed Hospital Steward April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Henry A. Schroeder. Age 25. Residence Davenport, nativity Iowa. Appointed Hospital Steward April 26, 1898. Mustered May 18, 1898. Discharged Oct. 13, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

REGIMENTAL BAND

Thornton B. Boyer. Age 38. Residence Keokuk. Appointed Chief Musician July 15, 1898. Mustered July 15, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Dale B. Loomis. Age 20. Residence Keosauqua. Appointed Principal Musician July 9, 1898. Mustered July 9, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Adrian W. Luyben. Age 18. Residence Pella. Appointed Principal Musician July 21, 1898. Mustered July 21, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Bryant, Frank M. Age 34. Residence Davenport. Enlisted July 19, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 19, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Cannon, Garrett T. Age 21. Residence Bowen, Ill. Enlisted July 23, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 23, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Coulter, John S. Age 31. Residence Rock Island, Ill. Enlisted July 9, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 9, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

DeVries, Daniel. Age 22. Residence Pella. Enlisted July 18, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Duckworth, Lewis S. Age 24. Residence Keosauqua. Enlisted July 9, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 9, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Gernhardt, Edward H. Age 21. Residence Keokuk. Enlisted July 20, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 20, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Johnston, Louis W. Age 21. Residence Rock Island, Ill. Enlisted July 23, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 23, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kempkes, John T. Age 21. Residence Pella. Enlisted July 19, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 19, 1898. Died of disease Oct. 4, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Klump, Arthur D. Age 26. Residence LeGrand. Enlisted July 19, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 19, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

LeCocq, Charles L. Age 22. Residence Pella. Enlisted July 18, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 18, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Pas, John, Jr. Age 29. Residence Pella. Enlisted July 20, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 20, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Reynolds, Harry M. Age 23. Residence Keokuk. Enlisted July 20, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 20, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Schillig, Holland. Age 25. Residence Iowa City. Enlisted July 25, 189 8, as Musician. Mustered July 25, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Walker, George F. A. Age 24. Residence Rochester. Enlisted July 19, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 19, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Welker, George C. Age 30. Residence LeGrand. Enlisted July 23, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 23, 1898. Mustered out Nov. 30, 1898, Des Moines, Iowa.

Wurzel, Paul. Age 22. Residence Rock Island, Ill. Enlisted July 19, 1898, as Musician. Mustered July 19, 1898. Died Sept. 1, 1898, Jacksonville, Fla.

 

LINE OFFICERS

Names of company officers at muster in of their companies. Service record given opposite their names in the alphabetical roster following.

COMPANY "A"

Summer T. Bisbee, Captain

Thomas H. R. Rollins, First Lieutenant

Emile F. Renaud, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "B"

Thomas C. Dalzell, Captain

Alfred B. Hencler, First Lieutenant

James M. McManus, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "C"

Frank W. Bishop, Captain

Frank T. Dolsen, First Lieutenant

Jacob L. Smeenk, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "D"

David W. Harvey, Captain.

Livingston Hollingsworth, First Lieutenant

Smith W. Brookhart, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "E"

Henry C. Haynes, Captain

Oscar M. Cole, First Lieutenant

Carlton W. Bradley, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "F"

Frederick C. Chambers, Captain

Herbert W. Davis, First Lieutenant

Joseph R. Frailey, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "G"

Frank W. Eckers, Captain

Theodore A. Stoessel, First Lieutenant

Charles S. Tindell, Second lieutenant

COMPANY "H"

George E. Whitlock, Captain

John S. Howard, First Lieutenant

Richard W. Hosford, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "I"

Eugene F. T. Cherry, Captain

Leigh A. Stocking, First Lieutenant

Bayard P. Thornberry, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "K"

Arthur C. Norris, Captain

Burdette A. Abel. First Lieutenant

H. Christian Plambeck, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "L"

John A. Dunlap, Captain.

Harry T. Lewis, First Lieutenant

Ira K. Wilson, Second Lieutenant

COMPANY "M"

Wilson G. Heaton, Captain

Hugh C. Stevenson, First Lieutenant

Wilson Reed, Second Lieutenant


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