Nebraskans in the Spanish American War
April - August, 1898 Hundred Days War

Camp Alvin Saunders was the muster in camp for the 1st and 2nd Nebraska Volunteer Infantry regiments for the Spanish American War....  Thanks to Fred Greguras!

"Nebraska in the War with Spain" from "History of Nebraska" by Morton & Watkins, 1918. Rosters for NE units.
     Photo: Colonel John M. Stotenberg, Killed in action in the Philippines, April 23, 1899

1898 - Roster of 2d Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Thanks to Pam Rietsch!

Commemorative plaque for UNL Students that died in service, Spanish American War

Biographies in Compendium of History, ... Western Nebraska (Book is under construction)
     Allen G. Fisher - Co H, 2nd NE Regt.
     Dallas Henderson - Co I, First NE Infantry
     Orville R. Ivins - 3rd NE Regt.

Spanish-American War Veterans mentioned in "Who's Who in Nebraska", 1940 

Editorial Comment on naval victories, Red Cross & Cuban Relief fund drives - from Central City Nonpareil of 7 Jul 1898.

Reunions - United Spanish War Veterans.  Encampment - 1949 at Lincoln, NE. It lasted 3 days. (Ended on same day that the final Nebraska GAR encampment started.)  John D. Houser (Hastings, NE) was installed as commander of the Nebraska unit. The women's auxiliary also installed officers.  Source: portion of Lincoln Star Newspaper - Tues 3 May 1949

The United Spanish War Veterans was an organization comprised of veterans who served during the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or during the Boxer Rebellion.  It was organized into Departments which included one or more States.  And local camps were within each Department.  The Department of Nebraska was instituted in 1909 and disbanded in 1984, with the death of Wilmar Blackett, the last SAW veteran in the State.  The last Department Encampment was held in Omaha in 1970, according to conversations, I had with Claire Vixs, Department Adjutant, during 1978 and 1979.  The Auxiliary met until 1976, according to the USWV materials held by the Nebraska State Historical Society.  They have a large body of USWV Department records. 
This information furnished by William Kendra.  Thank you William!

 

Information By County

Adam County's Involvement in the Spanish-American War by David Ott from Adams County webpage.

Buffalo County - List of veterans (please scan down - link will take you to list of Civil War vets) from Buffalo Co website by Mona Houser

Colfax Co - Co K, 2nd Regt, NE Vol - organized at Schuyler, NE (Colfax County page by Sherri Brakenhoff)

Hall County in the Spanish-American War - Co M, 2nd NE Volunteer Infantry from Hall County webpage by Kaylynn Loveland.

Saunders County Military page

 

 

A Nebraska National Guard Unit, abt 1898 - Thanks to Steven K. Ray

Cpt. Worthen

Seated - 2nd row center with sword.

William H. Ray,

Front row center

Information about William H. Ray - born 1873 at Tecumseh, Johnson Co., NE.  Approx 1903, married Azella (maiden name unknown) at Johnson County, NE.  Received a commission from Gov. Ezra Savage, June 25, 1901 and joined "I" or " L" company, 2nd Regt. (I have the original commission).  He went to college in Grand Island; had a brother, Grant Ray. William H. Ray was my grandfather. 

General Information

Spanish American War Camps, 1898 to 1899 Thanks to Fred Greguras!

Cuban independence, the sinking of the Maine, etc - from "Leading Facts of American History" by Montgomery, 1920. pp 372-384.

GIGANTIC map of the Philippine Islands in 1898. Depending on your type of internet connection it takes over 20 minutes to download the entire 2 pages for viewing. The larger scale map to the right includes notes on routes of the armies, battlefields & engagements, dates of bombardment, capture & occupation.
Inserts include sketch of Admiral Dewey, Aguinaldo, the "Olympia" (ship).
From the "1895 Plat Atlas of Livingston County, Michigan", produced by Pam Rietsch.

The Spanish American War Centennial Website

NARA - Spanish-American War Records

Spanish American War in Motion Pictures American Memory, Library of Congress

Spanish-American War Timeline America at War

Major Micah J. Jenkins Camp of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans Dedicated to preserving the memory of the Veterans of the Carolina's, Georgia, Florida & Virginia who served during the Spanish American War, 1898; The Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1901; And the China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion), 1900 to 1901.

Note: More men died of disease during the Spanish American War than died of battle wounds

 

Lloyd Jones, 1879-1899

 

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