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SPANISH AMERICAN WAR INFORMATION

 




 

IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

Source:
History of Custer County, Nebraska
W. L. GASTON AND A. R.
HUMPHREY
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
WESTERN PUBLISHING AND. ENGRAVING COMPANY
1919
TRANSCRIBED BY MELODY BEERY

And now we record the organization of Custer county's first war unit, and the service it rendered.  Company M, First Nebraska National Guard, was organized at Broken Bow, on June 2, 1896, and was called the Holcomb Guards, in honor of the contemporary governor of Nebraska, Hon. Silas A. Holcomb, who was elected from Broken Bow. The company's first offiecrs were: Captain, John G. Painter; first lieutenant, V. Claris Talbot; second lieutenant, S. M. Doris. When the call was made for volunteers on the 25th day of April, 1898, by  President McKinley,  for the Spanish-American war, the company was immediatelymobilized with the regiment, at Lincoln, Nebraska, and nearly every member volunteered. The company of eighty-two enlisted men and three officers was mustered into the United States service on May 10, 1898, with John G.
Painter, V. Claris Talbot, and Charles T. Orr as officers in the order named. On Monday, May 16th, the company, with the regiment, started for California, preparatory to embarkation for Manila, Philippine Islands.  The command arrived at San Francisco May 20th, and went into camp on an old race-track, afterward named Camp Merritt, near the Golden Gate Park. At two o'clock on June. 14th, the company, with the regiment, the First Nebraska Infantry, went aboard the steamship "Senator," in charge of Lieutenant V. C.Talbot; on account of sickness Captain Painter had previously resigned.

At one o'clock on June 15th the "Senator" steamed out of the harbor, bound for Manila, Philippine Islands, with the Custer county company aboard  every member in fine fettle and all bent upon rendering the country a military service in western style. After approximately a thirty-day voyage, they landed in Manila Bay on July 17, 1898. The next day the work of disembarking commenced, and in connection .with the regiment the company established themselves at Camp Dewey, a few miles out of the city of Manila. From this time forth the movements of the company in connection with the regiment are of record in other volumes that have been written and in military reports on file in the war department at Washington, D. C.

While Custer county is proud of her soldiers and the record they made, their activities in the Manila campaign are not germane to the historical task in hand, other than to record their principal achievements. They participated in the capture of Manila and later helped to put down the Filipino insurrection or revolt They participated in the battles of Caloocan, Calumpit, San Fernando, Quingua, Malolos, Santa Mesa, and Novaliches, and many others.

After  a campaign   consisting  ot eleven months and two "weeks, the company shipped for the home land on the transport, "Hancock," and landed in San Francisco, August 1, 1899. It immediately went into encampment at the Presidio, San Francisco's famous military reserve The company was mustered out of service, at the Presidio, August 23rd of the same year. After being mustered out of general service the company did not disband but, under the charge of Lieutenant Horace F. Kennedy, was brought to Custer county. When the boys reached Broken Bow, a magnificent reception was tendered them by Broken Bow and Custer county in general. The program consisted of addresses by prominent citizens, band music, all kinds of gala-day stunts, and the genuine Custer county "feed." The company was held together for two or three days,
during which time they were entertained in the homes of Broken Bow citizens, and later they were given another reception, by the people of Ansley.



 

THE COMPANY PERSONNEL

Captain, Lincoln Wilson;  First lieutenant, Burton Fisher;  Second lieutenant, Horace F. Kennedy

First sergeant, George. R. Frey; Quartermaster sergeant, Carey W. Layton; Sergeants, Walter S. Flick, John Wood, Monroe W. Spence, Hugh Kenoyer; Corporals, Ray Skelton, S. N. Criss, Frank H. Johnson, Edward A. Miller, Arden R. Chapman; cook, Seymour Burton; musicians, John S. Benjamin, Clinton E. Gandy; artificer, Charles E.

Green; wagoner, Lemuel M. Clay;
  

J. G.Painter (captain), C. T. Orr (second lieutenant), John L. Perrin (sergeant), W. L. Rucker (corporal), Brent C. Hatton (artificer)


General Roster 


Luther J. Abbott
Jacob G. Albright
Rasmus Anderson
Millard Auxier
Jack L.Beach
Frank. G. Bedford
Thomas Birtwell
George E. Boggs
Stephen D. Bolles
Oliver H. Browning
Henry N.. Burke
Perle L. Busic

Nelson N. Barber
J. A. Bebb
Elwood H. Bomar
Jacob Bierbower
Charles S. Busey
Stephen D. Bolles
Oscar S. Carpenter
James Coakley
Charles C. Cooper
John S. Cover

Charles
J. Coons
Alvin A. Coxson
Earl Daharsh
Charles O. Dahisted
Charles Densmore
Al De Voe
James A. Fishburn
James F. Fitzgerald
John J. Flanagan
John W. Forsythe
Charles Frye
William D. Grant

Elisha Hall
Orson E. Humphrey
George D. Johnston
B. Cecil Jack
Howard L. Kerr
George F. Kinghorn
Hardy B. Klump

Amos P. Kellogg
Philip S. Kennedy
Stewart E. Lanterman
William L. Lawson
Alvin Long
Joseph Mabey
George E. Marquis
Elsworth H. Munford

Henry G. Martin
Aba M. McCoy
Perry G. Metcalf
Frank A. Mitchell
Emil Oberst
Lillibum F. Oxford
William G. Parker
Claude Perkins
Fred W. Peters 

Clyde V. Pinkley
W. W. Potts

Fred H. Reeder
Paul A. Reyner
Francis G. Ryan
Guy A.Salsbury
Arthur H. Shultz
Charles H. Searle
George L: Sears
Maro E. Shipherd
Bennett B. Sloan
John C. Smith
Joseph Smith
Harry
C. Steers
John W. Southard
William F. Stultz,
Henry O. Thompson
Joseph L. Tiff
Thomas J.Williams
Roy M. Wiltamuth
Alden S. Winch,
George W. Work
Robert E. Waters
James C. Woodward

Arthur H. Youmans



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