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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  15 - Spanish-American War

by Marshall Cousins

Muster-In Roll

(-as transcribed from pages 223 - 225)


Joseph M. Ballard, Thomas P. Cochrane, John E. Barron, Fred Arnold, Seymour H. Knight, Francis Deline, Guido H. Faber, Horace L. Whittier, Frank Hill, Donald Boyd, Joseph Bellmer, Percy C. Atkinson, Henry A. Bitter, Harry Stanard, Samuel Hillstad, Wilfred A. Kutzner, Hugh O. Beadle, Roy M. Baston, Sumner P. Bartlett, Russell C. Bailey, Ezra L. Cathcart, Roy Fowler, Earl C. Tebo, George Herron, Adam Ahneman, James G. Brackett, Herbert E. Bush, Herbert L. Boleman, William H. Bruce, Dwight C. Brace, Fred W. Bandoli, Holford F. Calvert, William J. Cameron, William P. Carroll, Malcolm J. Cernahan, William Cheators, Carl F. Bandelin, Charlie Curry, Patrick Dechaine, Charles E. Day, William H. Dodge, George E. Ecklund, Eugene Eldridge, Philip C. Elbert, Charles Eck, William F. Elbut, Lawrence A. Flaghr, Harry F. Fowler, Jerome E. Gillett, Samuel E. Grout, Charles W. Hall, Edward Haggerty, Roy W. Hebard, George M. S. Hort, Julius W. Holberg, Clarence H. Hutchinson, Frank Humes, Martin H. Johnson, John F. Joyce, Charles E. Kelley, Frank S. Kopleberger, Hans S. Lund, August McKay, Al. S. Morgan, Charles T. Mosher, Nels B. Nelson, Bernie Nelson, Charles R. Nichols, Carl G. Nyquist, Joseph Nelson, George C. Ranous, Harry M. Samuels, Samuel L. Stafford, George Sherman, Christ H. Schroeder, George L. Slosson, Carl M. Toft, Herman Watson, Harry W. Werner, Felix H. H. Watterbury, Rosswell B. Van Wagenen, Charles Russell.

The above is a list of the officers and men who were mustered into the United States Volunteer Infantry May 11, 1898, by W. L. Buck, Captain U. S. A.  When the orders came for volunteers, it called for three officers and 101 men.  Company E left Eau Claire, Wis., April 28, 1898, with three officers and 99 men, for Camp Harvey.  Before the time for mustering in, an order was issued reducing each company to 84 officers and men, the surplus being sent home.  After arriving at Camp Thomas an order came to increase company to 106 officers and men.  Following is a list of same:

Simon Rohm, John Ahearn, Alfred G. Ballerd, William J. Baxter, John H. Cheever, Thomas F. Dowling, Lester Frost, Eugene E. Hanson, William Hall, W. H. Hawley, Harry Huey, Charles H. Johnson, W. P. Kennedy, Arthur Kalanguin, Gilbert N. Krogh, John Kungerman, August Kessler, Herbert S. Lyons, Louis Larson, Leonard Loken, Albert J. McClintock, Niles E. Meservey, Timothy J. Reagan, Ward Ross, John S. Shallenburger, Arthur S. Sherman, Homer W. Sloan, John Somerville, Arthur Thompson, Graham B. Thompson.

The following named men came to Camp Harvey with E Company, but were rejected by the examining surgeon and ordered sent to their homes:

Richard Hollen, LeRoy Binder, William Myre, S. Edward Bostwick, O. Olson, J. Frederick, Floyd Jones, William A. Schwahn, J. A. Cooper, J. B. Noble, Lieutenant E. Bart Farr.  Most of these men were rejected owing to being under weight.

Officers of the regular army assisting in the organization and muster of the Wisconsin troops were Lieutenant Frank M. Caldwell of the Seventh Cavalry.  Lieutenant Caldwell went to West Point from Oshkosh and took a warm personal interest in Wisconsin.  He was on an inspection tour of the Wisconsin companies when the call came and he was directed to report at Camp Harvey.  He was detailed as Post Quartermaster and Commissary.  When the Fourth Regiment was organized Lieutenant Caldwell was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel and rendered valuable and able service with that regiment.

Captain William L. Buck, Thirteenth Infantry, was the chief mustering officer.  Captain Buck had several years previous to the war served a detail as United States inspector with the Wisconsin troops.

A very popular officer paid a visit to the regiment unofficially, Captain Phillip Reade.  It was under Phil Reade's instruction the first rifle practice was had at Camp Douglas.  This was the subject in which Captain Reade was greatly interested and the Wisconsin men quickly partook of his enthusiasm.  He had a personal acquaintance, through the close contact on the range, of many officers and enlisted men, and has always been exceedingly popular with the Wisconsin Guard.  Several years ago he retired as Brigadier General.

The medical department of the army was represented by Lieutenant Colonel Henry R. Tilton, Deputy Surgeon General of the army.  He called to his assistance Dr. Ladd, of Milwaukee, and Dr. Reynolds, of Geneva.  These three distinguished surgeons arranged for and supervised the physical examination of the troops previous to their acceptance by the Federal Government.

Two interesting events occurred during the period the regiment was in Camp Harvey.  One of these was the marriage of Sumner P. Bartlett and Miss Olga Arnold, one of Eau Claire's beautiful daughters.

Charles W. Hall, of the company, was also married to a Milwaukee young lady.

The marriage of Corporal Bartlett was kept a secret from his comrades until shortly before his death in Porto Rico.

During the period the regiment was at Camp Harvey many friends from home visited E Company.  Among them may be mentioned General Michael Griffin, Captain C. H. Henry, Major William P. Bartlett, Captain John Kelley, John C. Fennessey, John F. Roberts, Captain Chris Schlosser, Mayor S. S. Kepler, D. A. Cameron, Aldermen - Hugh J. Forest, J. H. Young, Frank Gregoire, Martin Severson, John H. Fleming, M. S. Beecher, Charles S. Lee, N. J. McIntyre, Chief of Police John Higgins, William K. Atkinson and wife, Harry M. Atkinson, Florence Atkinson, Miss Clara Zwickey, Mrs. Thomas Hutchinson, Mrs. J. M. Ballard, Mrs. H. L. Whittier, Mrs. Henry Cousins and Miss Mary Cousins.  Other welcome visitors were George B. Early, of Chippewa Falls, and Lieutenant Governor Emil Baensch.

This subject cannot be passed without special reference to the visit of Miss Vera I. Moore, daughter of Colonel Moore.  For a long period Miss Moore had been known as "The daughter of the regiment," and annually encamped with the regiment, for which she felt the same love, admiration and pride as her worthy father.


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