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OKLAHOMA IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR  

 

 

The outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898 found thousands of young men in the Indian Territory and Oklahoma eager to enlist in the military service. Under the first call for volunteers, two troops of cavalry were authorized, one in each territory. Under the second call Oklahoma was to raise a battalion of four companies which became a part of the First Regiment of Territorial Volunteers, the other two battalions being raised in Arizona and New Mexico. A number of young men in both Indian Territory and Oklahoma enlisted in the volunteer service from adjoining states.
The First Regiment of United State Volunteer Cavalry, since become famous as Roosevelt's Rough Riders' had in its consist several Oklahoma volunteers. A part of the regiment saw active service in Cuba, at Las Guasimas, El Caney and San Juan Hill.
The Oklahoma troop was commanded by Captain Robert B. Huston of Guthrie. An attorney by profession, he took great interest in military affairs and held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the first militia regiment organized in Oklahoma. In the battle of San Juan Hill, he was in command of his battalion after Major Brodie was wounded. After the close of the war with Spain, he was re-commissioned in the United States Volunteers for service in the Philippines where he died in 1900.
Captain Allyn K. Capron, who organized and commanded the Indian Territory troop was born in 1870. His father was an officer in the regular army and he chose to follow the same profession. He enlisted in the regular army as a private and won his commission by promotion from the ranks, and was first lieutenant in the First Regular Cavalry, stationed at Fort Reno, at the outbreak of the war. He was killed in the battle of San Juan Hill. Captains Huston and Capron were both regarded as fine officers and held the respect of their men.
Oklahoma was a young commonwealth when the bugle sounded the call to war, but the pulses of many Oklahoma school boys were quickened by its notes. Among those who heard and answered the call was Roy Cashion of Hennessey, who had been graduated from the public schools of that town only the year before. Though but eighteen years old, he volunteered under the first call, and was enrolled and mustered into the service as a private in the First Regiment of United States Volunteer Cavalry. With that command he went from the rendezvous at San Antonio, Texas, to Tampa, Florida, and thence to the southern coast of Cuba with the army under General Srafter. Beneath the tropical July sun on the charge up San Juan Hill, young Cashion was stricken with a Mauser bullet from the rifle of a Spanish sharp shooter—the first Oklahoma school boy to give his life for his country on a foreign soil.
Buried by his comrades where he fell, the markines of his grave were lost for a time, and his father made a second trip to Cuba before it was found and identified. After the removal and re-interment of his body in the sun-kissed soil of his prairie homeland, the people of the community raised a subscription, which was afterwards supplemented by a legislative appropriation for the purpose of erecting a monument to his memory.
The First Regiment of United States Volunteer Cavalry on the first call received a contingent of eighty men from Oklahoma. The officers commissioned for this troop and the men mustered in were as follows:

Robert B. Huston, captalnn.
Schuyler A. McGinnis, first lieutenant
Jacob Schweizer, second lieutenant.
Orlando G. Palmer, first sergeant
Gerald A. Webb, sergeant
Ira A. Hill, sergeant
George A. Sands, sergeant
Joseph A. Randolph, sergeant
Charles E. Hunter, sergeant
Calvin Hill, corporal
David V. McClure, corporal
George Norris, corporal.
John D. Rhoades, corporal
Starr M. Wetmore, trumpeter
Thomas Moran, farrier
William D. Amrine
Lyman F. Beard
Perry H. Brandon
Fred M. Beal
Peter F. Byrne
James T. Browne
William Bailey
George Burgess
Leslie C. Chase
Forest L. Cease
Roy V. Cashion
Henry S. Crosley
Williams S. Crawford
Walter M. Cook
William E. Cross
Isom L. David
Alexander H. Denham
Mathew Douthett
Elzie E. Emery
William A. Faulk
Theodore Folk
Elisha L. Freeman
Edwin M. Hill
Robert A. Hulme
James V. Honeycutt
Paul W. Hunter
Shelby F. Isler
Edward W. Johnston
Andrew M. Jordan
Walter Joyce
Arthur A. Luther
Henry K. Love
Edgar F. Loughmiller
Henry Lusk
Robert L. McMillen
Henry Meagher
Volney D. Miller
Rosco V. Miller
William McGinty
Lorrin D. Muxlow
William H. Mitchell
Marcellus L. Newcomb
Warren Norris
William Pollock
Joseph H. Proctor
William F. Palmer
John F. Page
Scott Reay
Albert P. Russell
Clyde H. Stewart
Cliff D. Scott
Edward W. Shipp
Francis M. Staley
Clare H. Stewart
James M. Shockey
Dick Shanafelt
Fred Smith
William L. Tauer
Albert M. Thomas
James E. Vanderslice
John F. Weitzel
Frank M. Wilson
William O. Wright
John O. Woodward
[The Oklahoma Red Book, Volume 2 By Oklahoma (Territory) Legislative Assembly Council, 1912 – Transcribed by AFOFG]



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