Capt. Taylor's company was Company H in the 5th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guards, prior to the Spanish American war. It left Johnstown on April 27, 1898 at 8 p.m. for Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania and was mustered into the United States Volunteer service on May 11, 1898, by Maj. W. A. Thompson, 2d U. S. Cavalry.
Cambria County Pennsylvania Soldiers, 1898
The company left Mount Gretna with the 5th Regiment on May 17, 1898 for Chickamauga, Georgia, arriving there May 19, 1898. Left Chickamauga, camp August 22, 1898 for Lexington, Kentucky where it went into camp. Left Lexington for Johnstown on September 19, 1898, on thirty days' furlough. The furlough was extended until November 7, 1898, when the company was mustered out of the United States service at Johnstown.
The officers of the regiment were:
Colonel Theodore Burchfield of Altoona
Lieutenant Colonel Rufus C. Elder of Lewistown
First Major John P. Kennedy of Blairsville
Second Major Robert McNamarra of Bedford
Surgeon Major Andrew S. Stayer of Altoona.
The commander of the First Brigade was General John A. Wiley of Franklin Pennsylvania. It was in the First Division commanded by General Sanger and the First Army Corps commanded by General Brooke.
Capt. J. Swan Taylor, Johnstown
First Lieut. George T. Huston, Johnstown
Second Lieut. John M. Seynor
Orderly or 1st Sergeant William R. Smith, Johnstown
Frank S. Clark, Johnstown
Harry W. Stephens, Johnstown
Nataniel Blough, Johnstown
Thomas N. English, Johnstown
Hilarion Weaver, Johnstown
Charles R. Bowen, Johnstown
Source: Storey, Henry Wilson,. History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Volume 2. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907.
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