Hamilton in Spanish-American War (1936)

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Hamilton in Spanish-American War (1936) - THE HAMILTON JOUXH*LrJVKW9--8tkk History...
THE HAMILTON JOUXH*LrJVKW9--8tkk History Reveals Hamilton's Part Played In War Against Y MEMORABLE DATE WHEN COMPANY E MADE DEPARTURE Parade Formed, Marched To Station; Trace Hamilton Hamilton Company On Service, Then Recollections Recollections Turn To Arrival In Hamilton, Welcoming Program And Fete IU» dale, April 26, 1898, was a memorable one for Hamilton. Hamilton. On that (lay Company E, First Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, left to answer the call for the. n«tion'« defenders in the war against Spain. For days the friend* and rola- iivea of company members had shown aniicly, torn between patriotism patriotism and fear of the conse- quen«e« of battle. In retrospect, the feari of battles wore unfounded hut instead there was a heavy toll from sickness and privation. Those were hectic days in Hamilton. Hamilton. Trainload after trainload of soldiers, in bluo uniforms bedecked with brass buttons, steamed through stopping that the locomotives might bo re-stocked with water and for other reasons. After departure of these trains the belles of Hamilton displayed their mementoes -- b r a s s buttons which the soldiers had (riven to these acquaintances of only a few minutes. Infantry Becrnlted There -were other activities. The recruiting of infantry units to wartime wartime strength, gathering of equipment equipment and supplies and later, under efficient direction of women's or- gauizations, the preparation and shipment of hospital supplies. The history of Company K was the principal story of Hamilton's participation in the Spanish-American Spanish-American war, but others who were listed as Hamiltonians served with dther nnits, soiue with great distinction. Departure of the company from Hamilton was an auspicious occasion. occasion. There was a parade to the jailroad station--first destination, Cincinnati--with Captain W. C. Margedant as f-ranil marshal. Other officers of the parade and aides were: Adjutant General, S. L. Rose; chief of staff, H. C. MqKinney; color bearer, Carl ^£. Margcdant. First ward, Captain Phil Rothen- Ijush, Abe Rothwell, Charles Parrish, Parrish, J. P. Davis. Second ward, Colonel Jam us E. Seal, K. 0. Barns, Romer Peters, W. M. Dingfelder, Chris Pabst. Third ward, Ernest G. Rnder, Peter B*nniii(rhofen, Jamet 3C. Cnl- · len, Dr. James f. Oyerpeek, 3. D. 'Kilton. Fourth ward, Former Governor, James E. Campbell; J. J. Pater, H. , P. Deuseher, Dr. Bu/fcne Oriffis. Fifth ward, Major Fred Bonder, Adam Rentschlcr, H. It. Morey, John Helroy, Charles E. Heiser, : George W. Stace. The G. A. R. veterans had a division division in the parade. The schools ·were dismissed for the day. Many i of the shops and stores were closed during the parade. Qc To Columbus The short trip completed, the company stayed at the Cincinnati armory until the morning of April 28, when the entire regiment, under Colonel C. B. Hunt, was taken to Columbus. Another wait for orders to go to the scene of action. The next stop, however, was Chattanooga, Tenn., the trip there heing started May 16. The First Ohio regiment was provided provided with a camp site on the ground where the fighting had been most intense during a battle of Chiakamauga, September 19 and 30, 1803. It was near the place where troops of General Fred Van Derveer, Derveer, Hamilton's gallant soldier in the Civil War, had fought so bravely. Camp duty was vigorous, the food liltlo varied and comprising chiefly of hardtaek,' coffee, "sowbelly" beans and potatoes. Two weeks at this camp and the company was told to prepare for another move, By train the infantry infantry was started for Port Tampa City, Fls. Arrival (here brought again, life under canvas. On June 6 same an order: "PaoV o'gage and move aboard transports." transports." Horses and baggage wer« put on board the transports! the troops, Company E among them, remained on shore for the night. They wcro to board thi transport on the morrow. morrow. Description of the situation was given in tho following printed account account by Karl W. Heiscr, historian for the company: 'Morning came and dragged Itself Itself away and the men still rested on their arms. A second day passed, but still no change of orders. orders. Moa'nwhilo regiment after regiment of other troops arrived at the docks and were put on board the ships. "Hope ebbed away with the coming coming of the third morning when orders orders to return to camp ware received. received. It was the plan of the War Department to send only regulars on the first expedition. Two regiments regiments of volunteers wore allowed to go, however, being already on board transports out in the bay, "Had the First Regiment gone aboard that night, instead of waiting waiting for morning, it would undoubtedly undoubtedly have been included in thi expedition. expedition. Fortunate that it was not. The horror* of the Santiago campaign would have been all too familiar in Hamilton, where hearts would itill be aching for the lost ones." Supplies Delayed The same writer held that the "norve-straining effort to get the nation's troops prepared and off to the front afforded some excuse for ueglcot of those soldier* who were already in the field; but, after the first excitement, it ie strange that the conditions in the aamps became no better. Necessary supplies of various kinds often would not arrive arrive until weeks after they had been ordered. Hundreds of recruits were eft without uniforms or equipment. Tho commissary stores were sometimes sometimes delayed on the road for weeks and now and then those that did arrive wore found to he too stale and rotten for use." There was reason, therefore, for jubilation 'when camp was broken July 28, and the First Regiment moved to Fernandina, 260 miles to the north. The trip wai marred by a locomotive breakdown, causing four hours delay, and a wreck, when the train ran into a cat of ears on a siding, which caused another fonr hours' delay. , i At Jacksoarilb The next camp of the First Regiment Regiment was at Jacksonville, Fla., the move being on August 22. A "red letter" day was August 30 when a corps review was staged, with 20,000 20,000 soldier* participating. By this date the First Regiment personnel was hoping for an early change--either to garrison duty in Cuba, or dismissal from service. The orders for return home wore delayed until September 12, tho trip to ; start next day. The regiment arrived in Cincinnati Cincinnati September 16 and was given a royal welcome. The following day, Company E came to Hamilton for a homecoming. The train was delayed delayed until 11:10 o'clock at night, but the crowd had remained steadfast steadfast at the station. A parade was formed with the following participants: participants: Chief of Police Clair and Captain Captain Zell Shank with these officers marching four abreast: Metcalf, Lennehan, Riedcl, Bateman, Fisher, Cameron and Hipplesteinor; the City band; Mayor Bosch, J. J. Patar and Captain W. G. Margedant; Margedant; Company A, Ohio Cadets, Captain W. C.'Mnrgedant, Jr., commanding; commanding; Color Bearer for Company Company E, (jarl Margcdant; citizens marching two abreast in the following following order: H. L. Morcy and Colonel James B. Neal; E. H. Jones and Senator J. J. McMaken; M. 0. Burns and C. E. Mason; S. L. Rose and Judge J. F. Neilan; and two young sons of H. L. Morey; Captain Captain Margedant and the boys of Company E. Home Again At 11:57 p. m., September 16, tho companj* entered their first a n d last camping ground--the Hamilton armory. A welcoming program followed, with addresses by Mayor Charles Bosch, H. L, Morey, Colonel James E. Noal and Judge J. F. Neilan. Captain W. C. Margedaut responded. responded. Another fete was arranged for September 20, a public reception at the courthouse followed by a banquet banquet and program at tho T. M. C. A. gymnasium. Speakers included: 0. V. Parrish, Captain A. W. Margedant, Margedant, H. ll Morey, Sergeant C. L. Ross of Company E, Dr. Dan Millikin, Millikin, Private Bock of Company E, Captain Surgeon H. B. Twitchell, Colonel H. C. McKinney, Private Manifold of Company E, Lou J. Beauchamp, Judge William S. Giffon, Giffon, li. B. ATumuia, T. M. C. secretary) secretary) William Ritchie, Theodore Bee-ton and Edgar A. Belden. Out of Service The company was mustered o»t of service September 26. An account of the war period reads that "the ravages of dread disease did more to wreck the American army than all other causes combined. More soldiers died from the. effects of unnecessary unnecessary exposure to disease or improper improper treatment afler contracting it than were cut down by the enemy's enemy's bullets." The general health, of Company E members at Chickaraauga was very good. During the first two weeks at Tampa it was fair. As the days passed, "the bad water, poor food, unsanitary location and condition of camp, and negligence of the soldiers themselves in tak- West Side Had Brewery Operated By Henry Eger ing proper care of thoir health began began to work disastrously" Ma- .aria and typhoid fever were followed followed by fear of an epidemic of vellow fever, causing the moves northward. The Officers Regimental officers of the First Ohio were: Colonel C. B. Hunt; ieutenant colonel, Paul M. Millikin; regimental adjutant, Hussel P. Rceder; regimental quartermaster, 3corge Hoff, regimental surgeon, H. B. Twitcholl; chaplain, Hev. Howard Henderson; hospital steward, steward, Frank Auezannei p regimen tjjl. sergeant-major, Charles Ecker't; Beaver, Abner Bena«it, Charle* A. tennett, Arlhnr C. Bernard, Chares Chares B. Berry, Peter U Berry, John JUkop, Theodore Bock, John Big- aske, Charles Booth, Jesse E, Bos- ·r. . Amazie Brown, Edward Buell, Joseph Butcher, James Cawley, John 0. DeCamp, Joseph 1, Dorsn, Henry A. Dully, William H. Dunar, Dunar, John S. Durkin, Charles Eckenroth, Eckenroth, Arthur Elkins, Julius Bngler, Charles V. Gailey, Philip W, flni- mond, William M. Golden, Augustus i. Hammerle, Edward Hanrahan, William J. Hartman, Elmer Q. Harvey, Harvey, Anthony A. Hicks, Burdette Hill, Charles Hills, William T. Holmes, Samuel W. Houston, Wil- "iam Hyman, John Jones, William 3, King, Thomas Kinney, Alb F. Slayer, Rudolph Knodle, Michael J. Kuhu, John Kurtr,, John Lambertson, Lambertson, Harry Lancaster, Hugh Leroy, Tames D. Kttlejohn, Wilson Manifold, Manifold, Jesse H. -Marshall, Thomas UcCnllon, George Newberry, Leroy Off, Joseph Ohr, William C. 0'- Keefe, Samuel Orr, William Reynolds, Reynolds, Fred Sohwenk, Williani Shotwell, Shotwell, Hark Smith, John Snider, The predecessor of Toe Hamilton Brewing company, now operating, wai the West Hamilton Brewery of which Henry Eger was proprietor. It was located at 36ft South C street, described then as "Sec ond" street, between South and Millikim streets, West Hamilton. Contrary to custom of the day, the building was not close to the street but allowed plenty of space for the nse of wagons hauling products ·a Hamilton saloons and to customers In neighboring communities. This building was, for years, the Mason brewery. ,v~~~~. ~*~~. W. $*~~A~~~~.~.-.-.- .-.. S ... · .»~~v~v-~^ regimental quartermaster sergeant, Frank Weyler. Battalion officers were: First- major, Thomas W. Thomas; adjutant, adjutant, Andrew Diehl; sergeant-major, sergeant-major, Harry Chadwick; Second-major S. W. Kennedy; adjutant, Adolph Diehl fsergeaiit-major, Cliarlcs Redfield; Redfield; Third-major, John Proctor; adjutant, Harry Terrell. Company E. commissioned officers officers were: Captain A. W. Margedant; Margedant; first ^lieutenant, George Ayors and Oliver P. Branch; second lieutenant, lieutenant, Charles A. COT. Non-commissioned officers were: First sergeant, Arthur W. 'Sims; quartermaster sergeant, Jacob M. Soil; sergeants, Thomas R. Carroll, Charles E. Hoss and Linus H. French; musicians, Albert F. Elkins Elkins and Amasa McDonald; wag- oner, Allen Cornelius; artificer Charles E. Castator. Corporals, Elmer Davis, Free Gerhard, George Howard, Theodon Young, Raymond Henninger, Frank Buckner, Leslie Jones, Otto A. Kin zer, Charlos Lotsche, Walter 0' Brian, Frank Walter, Frank Cook Privates of Company E were Theodore Allen, William H. Alwine Hollo R. Anderson, Daniel Bant ham, Abraham H. Barnes, Earle Harry J, Sommem, Henry Sponner, Matthias Stmrk, Tboma* Stone, SU- phen B, Stabbt, Fred Button, John Thompson, Floyd Thai-man, William William N. Tronej John Vinsoh, G«org« WaHner; F r a n k Wellinghoff, Joseph Werbel, William Whit acre, Roddy White, Daniel Wilcoz, Fred ». Wilson. Other Organisations Hamiltonians who served in other army organizations · included: Fred L. Drummond, Clyde Sheehan, John Cnrreo, Charles Stillmacher, Robert B. Huston, George H. Marshall (Y. M. C. A.) Paul Brown, Herbert Doty, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Taylor L. Brooks, Fred Berk, Everett R,-Walker, R,-Walker, John H. Baumeister, Fred Hauenstein, John Sims, Joseph A. Arehart, James · Denning, Edward Knor, Joseph C. Koons, James An- shulz, Theodore Beeson, George F. Ostrander, Charles Dwyer, Joseph Crist, John O'Brien, Clement D. Smedley, Jr., Qrafton S. Norman, Earle K. Nutt, Frank Kraft, Robert Bryer, Peter Schmidt, Ed. Peterson, Charles Troutman, John O'Brien, John Smith, Haul Hnber, Henry W. Huber, Mortimer T. Hawthorne and William Hibner. SINCE We Have Given Hamilton 1914 Jjow (P/uced MOVING SERVICE JOHN J. r ATH 1 TRANSFER PHONE 4425 A record of Hpn- ora b 1 e Service W e A r e A s Proud of as the Public Is to Recognize. Recognize. W« have grown from an outfit consisting of a horse that cost 115.00 and a wagon costing $50.00 (our only capital) to an equipment today consisting of a fleet of eight trucks operating daily. Our business is moving (local or long distance), piano hoisting and general freight hauling. Many Hamilton concerns who started with us 30 years ago are still our valued customers. That's well- tamed recognition for the kind of service we render. Connected with Stordor Jretght Service, Inc., which enables u« to deliver from door to door in any of many cities. Consult us about Super Service. Alwayt Dependability John J. Path Transfer 1309 Chestnut Street ROBERT G. 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Clipped from The Journal News19 Dec 1936, SatPage 99

The Journal News (Hamilton, Ohio)19 Dec 1936, SatPage 99
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