THE FIFTY FIRST REGIMENT OF IOWA VOLUNTEERS

COMPANY B

Shortly before the Spanish war Sterling P. Moore, then captain of Company B, Third Regiment Iowa National Guard, was elected to the office of major of the third battalion of his regiment. Their first lieutenant, T. J. Poston, a thorough military man, left for the Klondyke in the early spring of 1898. This left Second Lieutenant A. D. Poston in charge when the company was called to Des Moines for mobilization at the opening of the Spanish war. Lieutenant Poston failed to pass the physical examination and First Sergeant Jas. D. Baker was for a time in command. Sergeant Baker was tendered the captaincy when the election was held, but declined and was made first lieutenant. A. F. Burton, former superintendent of the Villisca schools, had been on hand for some time using all his pull to secure the captaincy. In this he succeeded and within a week began his reign of incompetency and misrule. Samuel B. Scholz, a former member of the company, was made second lieutenant. Company B was recruited from thirty different Iowa towns, forty-four of its members being from Villisca. The company's personal make-up was perhaps one of the best in the FiftyFirst regiment. They were a class of sturdy, willing fellows and their record shows that under the hardest possible conditions they never failed in their duty as soldiers or gentlemen. Soldiering in Company B was made hard by the captain, who never lost an opportunity to abuse and domineer his men, and who was never known to make an effort to lighten their burdens nor give them a particle of encouragement. The captain's cowardice and disgrace during the campaign in the Philippines never reflected on his brother officers, nor on the men of the company. Lieutenants Baker and Scholz were very popular with the men, who appreciated their kindly efforts in off-setting the precarious officialism of Captain Burton. The history of Company M's campaign in the Philippines is also that of Company B. With a few exceptions the two companies were in nearly every fight together. Villisca showed her appreciation of her company on their return by one of the finest receptions given in any town in Iowa. They also showed their sympathy was with the men, as Captain Burton was excluded from all the festivities.

ROSTER OF COMPANY B.
THOSE WHO RETURNED.

OFFICERS.
Captain Albert F. Burton, Wymore, Neb.
First Lieutenant James D. Baker, Villisca.
Second Lieutenant Samuel B. Scholz, Jr., Villisca.
First Sergeant Frank Melton, Villisca.
Quartermaster Sergeant H. C. Elrick, Villisca.
Sergeant Perry Andrews, Villisca.
Sergeant Chas. E. Jenkins, Villisca.
Sergeant James C. Creswell, Villisca.
Sergeant Wilbur E. Moore, Des Moines.
Corporal Harry A. Baker, Villisca.
Corporal Frank E. Gunn, Des Moines.
Corporal Chas. O. Foster, Villisca.
Corporal Bert Chrisinger, Villisca.
Corporal Frank C. Humphrey, Greenfield.
Corporal C. G. Williams, Walla Walla, Wash.
Corporal Gilbert McCauley, Villisca.
Corporal Chas. M. Laird, Des Moines.
Corporal Jerry Spargur, Villisca.
Corporal Herman Murray, Massena, Iowa.
Corporal John Pierce, Des Moines.
Corporal Joe Benda, Iowa City.
Musician Jos. A. Overman, Villisca.
Musician Geo. H. Pittman, Villisca.
Artificer William A. Kelly, Villisca.
Wagoner Chas. Parker, Villisca.
Cook John Garnett, Iowa City.

PRIVATES.
Adamson, Robert, Stuart, Ia.
Baker, Bert B., Villisca.
Bolt, Thos. J., Villisca.
Chatterton, F. C, Villisca.
Cockerill, Robt. F., Villisca.
Dubell, E. W., Miltgrove, O.
Dunn, James A., Villisca.
Embree, Frank, Indianola, Ia.
Fisher, Wm. S., Adair, Ia.
Gieskieng, Win., Blairstown.
Hahn, Jos. D., Marion, Ia.
Hall, Fred A., Van Wert, Ia.
Haggett, W. J., Iowa City, Ia.
Hopps, C. C., LaMoille, Ill.
Hostetler, F. W., Greenfield.
Johnson, A. G., Villisca.
Kempster, Ed, Adair, Iowa.
Lineroth, A. T., Villisca.
Mahana, B. F., Iowa City, Ia.
McCartney, C. O., Emerson.
Mills, R. V., Villisca.
Moore, Fenwick, Villisca.
Myers, C. A., Villisca.
McKinney, John, Stuart, Ia.
Neeley, George, Villisca.
Sanders, C. H., Grinnell, Ia.
Smith, Wm., Iowa City, Ia.
Sweet, E. A., Springfield, Mo.
Victor, C. W., Villisca.
Wires, J. H., Villisca.
Whan, G. E., Villisca.
Wickersham, S. L., Guss, Ia.
Yergey, J. M., Villisca.

PREVIOUSLY DISCHARGED.
First Sergeant A. A. Doggett, Villisca, Iowa.
First Sergeant C. L. Gebauer, Burlington, Iowa.
Sergeant Theo. Dangerfield, Villisca.
Corporal T. T. Rutledge, Lenox, Iowa.
Corporal O. W. Jappy, Sweden.
Arthur, William, Adair, Iowa.
Boo, W. F., Nodaway, Iowa.
Butler, F. E., Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Cissne, W. M., Greenfield, Iowa.
Clinton, Guy, Villisca.
Cooper, John, Villisca.
Evans, Guy, Villisca.
Eggleston, O. H., Villisca.
Glick, W. M., Terry, Oklahoma.
Glasspbell, James, Davenport.
Hansen, Andrew, Forest City, Iowa.
Kanehl, J. S., Iowa City, Iowa.
Lawson, Herman, Stanton, Iowa.
Middaugh, F. A., Clarinda, Iowa.
Melvy, B. A., Forest City, Iowa.
McDonald, Oscar, Osceola, Iowa.
Merrill, W. E., Osceola, Iowa.
Moore, Ross, Villisca.
Mason, D. O., Nodaway, Iowa.
Pittman, Chas., Villisca.
Powers, I. F., College Springs, Iowa.
Parker, Ed, Villisca.
Reed, John, Villisca.
Rhode, Henry, Lewis, Iowa.
Shepard, Robert, Villisca.
Stockberger, Ernest, Clear Lake, Iowa.
Smith, Chas., Iowa City, Iowa.
Stivers, George, Burlington, Iowa.
Talbert, Fred, Villisca.
Towne, George, Villisca.
Van Houten, V., Lenox, Iowa.
Wickersham, John, Guss, Iowa.
Yergey, Alfred, Villisca.

MUSTERED OUT AT MANILA TO RE-ENLIST IN SERVICE.
Erickson, Tim, Sciola, Iowa.

TRANSFERRED MEN.
Sergeant S. C. Baker, Villisca, to Company K.
Corporal Chas. F. Campbell, Nodaway, to Company K.
Ranous, Jesse A., Des Moines, Iowa, to Company A.

DEATHS FROM DISEASE.
Corporal Patrick Ahern, Des Moines, Iowa.
Brown, Barton J., Guss, Iowa.
Clark, Rodney K., Oxford, Iowa.
Needles, Joseph, Greenfield, Iowa.
Stillinger, Clifford, Villisca.

CASUALITIES - WOUNDED IN ACTION.
Corporal Herman Murray, Massena, Iowa.
Kernan, John, Nodaway, Iowa.

MASCOT.
Aggie, the white dog from Manila, captured at Calumpit, May 2, 1899.

Source: From Iowa to the Philippines: a history of company M 1900
Submitted by Janice Rice

 

THE FIFTY FIRST REGIMENT OF IOWA VOLUNTEERS

ASTOR BATTERY ON THE COAST.
Fifty-first Iowa Regiment Also Arrives at San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 20. The Astor Ligrht Battery, numbering 101 men, Including three officers, arrived in San Francisco today. The men composing the battery are by far the most handsome-appearing soldiers that have arrived in this city. They are thoroughly equipped, their outfit being the regulation United States artillery equipment. They carry with them six Hotchkiss rapid-fire cannon, throwing twelve-pound shells. The battery arrived on this side of the bay early, and the ladies of the Red Cross Society served breakfast to the men, besides adorning them with California flowers. The streets were crowded with spectators, and the soldiers were given a great reception. The battery marched to the Presidio, and will make that place its home until the men are ordered elsewhere. Shortly after the Astor Battery passed through the city on its way to the Presidio 151 men of the Fifty-first Iowa Regiment, who arrived here today, took up their march to Camp Merritt. The Iowans are not equipped in any particular, but are a hardy looking set of men. The Red Cross Society entetained them at the ferry station, and they were heavily cheered by the crowds on the streets. They will be thoroughly equipped at Camp Merritt.
June 21, 1898, Wednesday New York Times

Roster of Company M
Captain Jesse W. Clark, Red Oak.
First Lieutenant W. Harry French, Red Oak.
Second Lieutenant Guy E. Logan, Red Oak.
First Sergeant Owen C. Hawkins, Red Oak.
Quartermaster Sergt. Chas. B. Rose, Red Oak.
Sergeant Wm. M. Hiett, Red Oak.
Sergeant Henry A. Nordquist, Red Oak.
Sergeant J. Edward Logan, Red Oak.
Sergeant Resolve P. Palmer, Red Oak.
Corporal Thomas F. Zuber, Red Oak.
Corporal Clarence A. Lumb, Red Oak.
Corporal Jas. H. Windsor, Red Oak.
Corporal F. Corydon Ingram, Red Oak.
Corporal Frank S. Smith, Red Oak.
Corporal Everett E. Lane. Red Oak.
Corporal Lloyd D. Ross, Red Oak.
Corporal Ivan Elwood, Red Oak.
Corporal J. Donald Enfield, Clarinda.
Corporal Harry P. Brenholts, Mt. Pleasant.
Corporal Omar Duncan, Clarinda.
Musician Otis R. Tyson, Red Oak.
Musician Clyde C. Hoober, Chillicothc, Iowa.
Artificer Edward O. Pace, Red Oak.
Wagoner Michael S. Miller, Red Oak.
Cook Ed M. Pitner, Red Oak.

PRIVATES
Arnold, Chas. E., Clarinda.
Arnold, Frank V., Grinnell.
Briggs, Guy M., Red Oak.
Blue, Lee, Red Oak.
Byers, Lamonte, Red Oak.
Behm, John, Clarinda.
Clark, Harry J., Red Oak.
Cook, Carl D., Red Oak.
Cook, Robert S., Red Oak.
Dennis, Ernest, Red Oak.
Dillon, Chas. F., Red Oak.
Evans, Evan J., Red Oak.
Evans, Wade, Red Oak.
Elder, Claude D., Allerton.
Enfield, John B., Clarinda.
Fisher, Jesse C., Red Oak.
Figg, James R., Hawthorne.
Fulton, Chas. M., Clarinda.
Gassner, Roy D., Red Oak.
Gillmore, John D., Red Oak.
Goldsberry, C. H., Red Oak.
Griffith, Harry M., Mt. Ayr.
Hockett, A. L., Jr., Red Oak.
Hoffman, EL J., Atlantic.
Hollowell, Thos., Atlantic.
Kerrihard, Will R., Red Oak.
Kneedy, C. M., Elliott
Logan, James M., Red Oak.
Lyon, Jesse F., Red Oak.
Martin, E. W., Clarinda.
Merritt, Edwin A., Red Oak.
Murphy, Chas. H., Red Oak.
Moulton, Morse E., Red Oak.
Morgan, Wm., Wales, Iowa.
Nelson, Lewis E., Clarinda.
Olson, Charles, Stanton.
Rathbone, Don Q., Red Oak.
Rapp, John J., Atlantic.
Robb, Ralph, Red Oak.
Smith, H. P., Red Oak.
Stafford, C. A., Mt. Pleasant.
Stevens, Harry E., Red Oak.
Stotler, Harry W., Clarinda.
Stotler, Ed J., Clarinda.
Sandell, Fred W., Red Oak.
Shank, Walter L., Red Oak.
Throw, Frank W., Red Oak.
Tidrick, Ralph W., Tingley.
Tilden, Samuel J., Red Oak.
Uvary, Paul W., Red Oak.
Valentine, Wm., Shelbyville.
Wheeler, C. W., Red Oak.
Wolfe, Frank, Red Oak

PREVIOUSLY DISCHARGED.
OFFICERS.
Second Sergeant Edwin M. Rose, Red Oak.
Corporal Wm. J. Jeffers, Red Oak.
Corporal Geo. L. Jones, Neosho Falls, Kansas.
Corporal Harry D. Cook, Red Oak.
Musician J. Henry Kastman, Red Oak.

PRIVATES.
Applegate, Vin J., Red Oak.
Bond, Ernest C., Iowa Falls.
Chamberlain, H. L.,Clarinda.
Day, Ira, Atlantic.
Dolan, Edward, Red Oak.
Hallett, John B., Red Oak.
Hammond, R. H., Red Oak.
Halbert, John M., Elliott.
Lee, Chas., E. Atlantic.
Longstreet, C. E., Red Oak.
Markey, Joseph I., Red Oak.
McPherrin, W. B., Clarinda.
Oleson, Ole M., Atlantic.
Ross, Chas. W., Red Oak.
Stocksleger, M. D., Red Oak.
Throw, John E., Red Oak.
Trabert, Jas. W., Stanton.
Watson, Lloyd, Clarinda.

MUSTERED OUT AT MANILA TO REMAIN IN SERVICE.
Corporal Chas. L. Binns, Red Oak.

DEATHS FROM DISEASE.
Wagoneer Verni R. Hysham, died August 20, 1898, in St.Lukes hospital, San Francisco, of typhoid fever;
buried at Red Oak.
Earl McCament, died November 24,1898, at Presido hospital, of typhoid fever; buried at Red Oak.
Ellery E. Mills, died September 14, 1898, at Presido hospital, of pneumonia; buried at Atlantic, Iowa.
John E. Ritter, died July 11, 1898, at the French hospital.Camp Merritt, of sarcoma of intestines;
buried in National cemetery, Presido, California.
Lucian E. Rogers, died July IS, 1898, at Lane hospital, San Francisco, of appendicitis; buried at Minburn, Iowa.

CASUALTIES - WOUNDED IN ACTION.
John Behm, of Clarinda, wounded at Pulilan April, 24, 1899,
Harry P. Brenholts, of Mount Pleasant, wounded at Calulut, August 9, 1899.
Adrian C. Hockett, of Red Oak, wounded at Quingua, April 23, 1899.
Bert Thomas, of Red Oak, wounded at Quingua, April 23, 1899.
Joseph L. Markey, of Red Oak, wounded at San Fernando, May 26, 1899.
Samuel J. Tilden, of Red Oak, wounded at Calumpit, April 25, 1899.
Thomas Hollowell, of Atlantic, slightly wounded at San Fernando, June 22, 1899.
Fred E. Strong, of Ottumwa, attached to Company M, but not enlisted, wounded at Polo, April 11, 1899.

Included in the roster are the dogs Bob and Dewey who were with the company all through the campaign aud returned home with them.

Corporal Geo. L. Jones, Corporal Harry D. Cook, Vin J. Applegate,Ira Day, Edward Dolan, R. H. Hammond. John M. Halbert, C. E. Longstreet, W. B. McPherrin, Chas. W. Ross, M. D. Stocksleger, Jas. W. Trabert and Lloyd Watson were discharged at San Francisco, previous to the Fifty-First's departure for Manila.

Musician J. H. Kastman was left at Honolulu and was afterwards discharged at San Francisco. Harry L. Chamberlain received his discharge at Manila and returned home. Sergeant Edwin M. Rose, Corporal Wm. J. Jeffers, Joseph I. Markey and Chas. E. Lee were returned to San Francisco on the hospital ship Relief on account of disability, arriving in August, 1899. Ernest C. Bond, John B. Hallett, John E. Throw and Ole M. Olson arrived in San Francisco in August, 1899, on the Morgan City and Indiana, sent home for disability.

Source: From Iowa to the Philippines: a history of company M 1900
Submitted by Janice Rice

BOB AND DEWEY COMPANY M'S MASCOTS

When Company M landed at San Francisco they had as company the dogs Bob and Dewey, those faithful animals having followed the company all through the campaign. Everything considered they are perhaps the most remarkable pair of dogs in the world. It is little short of marvelous when one considers their career in the army that they can be alive and well. Both joined the company at Camp McKinley. Dewey was a present of an old colored barber who soldiered in the civil war. We got him as a pup. His breeding is uncertain - mostly cur, I think - yet those who know him think that no dog in the world is so thoroughly a soldier dog. His whole life has been spent with soldiers, or rather with Company M. His attentions and affections were all bound in the company. Every man was his personal friend and protector. Among a regiment of men he would pick the M boy. If a man was away for a month, sick or on detached duty, his return was a gala day for Dewey. He never forgot an M boy. They could fondle or handle him as roughly as they pleased, but let another soldier try it and he got mad. Every bugle call he knew as well as his name. "First call" always brought him in front of quarters. At "assembly" he was busily engaged in watching each man take his place in ranks. The boys said he was checking the roll. At evening retreat he took his position beside First Sergeant Hawkins until roll call was complete. The first sergeant turns the company over to the officer in charge and marches to the rear. Dewey would then advance along the company front, take note of each man; the same inspection to the rear rank, and he marched very stately by the side of Capt. Clark. The company stands at parade rest while the band plays the "Star Spangled Banner." This was a solemn occasion for Dewey, on his haunches. He was all attention. If a man made the slightest move he always got a rebuking glance from Dewey. At dismissal the men break ranks and scurry to quarters with Dewey barking loudly at their heels. He attended every drill and was never known to get in the men's way. In this he showed his knowledge of orders. Bob Evans is a handsome fox terrier. We got him from, the Forty-Ninth regiment in Camp McKinley, however without their consent. He is opposite in disposition from Dewey, having no favorites. The whole regiment were his friends, but he never showed an inclination to make a particular friend of any one. His headquarters were always with Company M, but every regiment in San Francisco knew him and at some time tried to steal him from us. Every night he had to be accounted for or Captain Clark couldn't sleep. He caused Chas. Binns as much trouble as a runaway child does a mother. Every dog, regardless of size, had a scrap with him if he cared to, and to our knowledge he was never really whipped. He was a rare friend of little Dewey - fought for him like a big brother, but would never take advantage of his ability to whip him. Tennessee had a prize bull dog. Bob called one day and got into his inevitable scrap. He was nearly dead when we got him back, but Dr. Macrae and Ed Logan gave him the best hospital treatment. We knew the bull dog to be twice his size and were surprised to learn from Tennessee that Bob killed him in the fight. We took the two dogs along when we went onto the fighting line, having no place to leave them. Dewey, in some manner, lost the use of one hind leg, so we thought it impossible for him to follow us. Many times in a long march he would struggle behind, and when night would come we would think he was gone for good. In some manner he always managed to show up, looking desperately worn and hungry. Neither he nor Bob would eat canned horse. The boys said they had been reading the "beef scandals." Salmon was their only food. We would beg, borrow and steal food for them. They always had something to eat even if their human friends had to go hungry. On the firing line Dewey was a terror. The bullets made him angry. When we fired he always got in front and tried to catch the smoke. Dewey was a fire-eater, while Fighting Bob had a bad case of cold feet. When the firing started it was a signal for him to have business back with the wagon train. They are only a couple of dogs, but if a man wants trouble with an M boy he has only to abuse one. They were always very dear to every man, and especially so when the whole company was worn and exhausted. It was a kind of bond of sympathy between dogs and masters.

Source: From Iowa to the Philippines: a history of company M 1900
Submitted by Janice Rice


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