Pennsylvania Volunteers
in the Spanish-American War

1898-1899

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Spanish-American War
Dauphin County Pennsylvania Soldiers, 1898


Dauphin county has kept good her military record, even down through the last conflict the United States has been engaged in - the War with Spain, over the Cuba difficulty. No sooner had President William McKinley called upon the states for troops, than the State of Pennsylvania, including Dauphin county, freely responded. The greater part of the men serving in that war from this county were volunteers from the Pennsylvania National Guard, and were members of either one of the three following commands: The Governor's Troop, the Fourth and Eighth Pennsylvania Regiments.

The Governor's Troop

The Governor's Troop was a cavalry organization of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, located at Harrisburg. In compliance with the Governor's orders they proceeded to Mount Gretna, April 28, 1898, for the purpose of volunteering as a part of the quota of volunteers to be furnished by the Commonwealth in the war with Spain. They were mustered into the United States service on May 13, 1898, with a total strength of three officers and sixty enlisted men. On June 13, the same year, forty recruits were added, making the strength three officers and one hundred enlisted men.

The following is a list, as published in the State records, as soldiers from Dauphin county in this command:

Anthony, Mark (Sergt)
Awl, Frank A.
Baer, Cameron L. (Corp.)
Barker, Wilbur S.
Bass, Franklin O.
Bell, George W. (Teamster)
Bricker, John McHenry
Bruker, Francis W.
Burg, Charles H.
Burk, John D.
Caveny, Reuben F.
Commings, George (Farrier)
Crossman, J. Heron (Corp.)
Dean, James L.
Delaney, LeRoy B.
Dutton, John A.
Egenrieder, Augustus
Foster, Warren O.
Frey, Albert
Frasell, Charles J.
Fry, Charles N.
Fulton Ross A. (Corp)
Gemperling, William
Gerdes, Joseph H.
Good, John A. (Sergt.)
Greene, Charles, A.
Haas John A.
Herman, Charles S.
Hynicka, Ed. O.
Jack, George C.
Kline, Benjamin W.
LeVan, Oscar R.
Lyter, William E.
Major, John M (First Lieut.)
Marshbank, William T.
McLaughlin, Hugh L. (Corp)
Moffitt, Robert H., Jr.
Neiffer, Solomon H. (Sergt)
Palmer, Albert S.
Parsons, William H. (Blacksmith)
Reist, Jonas K.
Riley, Ed. L.
Schreck, John L.
Shank, Henry H.
Shumberger, John C. (Corp)
Slaybaugh, William W.
Smith, Henry M. (Wagoner)
Sparrow, Frederick
Steele, John D.
Thomas, William H.
Unger, John T.
Vogel, Samuel H. (Sergt)
Weaver, John W.
Werrick, David E.
Wert, Charles F. (Corp)
Williams, Albert L. (Saddler)
Yingst, Robert M.
Zoll, Addison M.


The Fourth Regiment

On April 28, 1898, pursuant to General Order No. 7, AGO, the Fourth Regiment Infantry, National Guard of Pennsylvania, reported at Mount Gretna, Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of volunteering in the United States service in the War with Spain. May 11th they had orders to prepare for movement to New York City, and there to take transports to Key West, Florida. On the evening of the 12th this order was countermanded, and on the evening of the 14th of May they were ordered to Chickamauga Park, Georgia, arriving there May 16th, and were assigned to the Second Brigade, First Division, First Army Corps. Later the Third Battalion was determined upon, and companies for it began to arrive. Company I, of Harrisburg, Captain Calder's, being the first to arrive. This company went with the regiment to South Carolina, starting July 4, with fifty rounds of ammunition. They finally embarked on the "City of Washington" and "Seneca" for Porto Rico, arriving there August 2, 1898. They weighed anchor about five miles off shore and sailed for Ponce, Porto Rico, and from there to Arroyo, fifty miles to the east, where their disembarkation was effected while the "St. Louis," "Cincinnati" and "Gloucester" were shelling the hills back of the town. It was near midnight before all the regiment was laded.

Company I, Captain Calder's, was detached for provost duty at Arroyo, and remained there until relieved to join the regiment to proceed home for muster out. October 27, 1898, the regiment, over one thousand strong, participated in the Peace Jubilee at Philadelphia, and was finally mustered out of service November 16, 1898. The following is the list of men from Dauphin county in this regiment, and nearly all were members of Company I:

Beach, G. W.
Bailey, Samuel
Baker, Arthur
Bell, Warren S.
Billig, Earl
Bitner, John
Black, Ramsey S.
Bahlen, Charles T.
Buckaloo, Frank H. (promoted to Corporal July 20, 1898, and to Sergeant July 20, 1898
Burns, Frank
Calder, Howard (Captain)
Carpenter, William A.
Christian, William P.
Collier, William J.
Crown, Shield B.F. (Q.M.) Sergt.)
Davis, Morris M.
DeMoss, William E.
Dunn, Albert (Sergt.)
Edwards, Ellsworth E. (Corporal)
Engle, George A.
Fisher, John B. (First Lieut.)
Forney, Henry C.
Frymire, Theodore
Gamble, Robert (First Sergt. )
Gastrock, William B.
Gilbert, John H.
Goodyear, William M.
Gruber, Raymond C.
Harm, Paul W.F.
Hartman, William
Herr, Robert W.
Hoover, Nelson O.
Jeffries, Charles A.
Jones B.B. (Sergt)
Kaercher, Adam A.
Kammerer, Pedro, J. Krohl, Frank J. Laufle, Al bet G.
Lee, John G. Leedy, L. B.
Lehman, Elwood E.
Linard, Eugene V.
Longenecker, Louis
Longnecker, William G.
Lynch, John M.
May, James (Wagoner)
McAlicher, Harper L.
McFarlan, Charles A.
McGonigal, E.
Miller, Charles H
. Miller, Charles K.
Miller, William G. (Corporal)
Minnich, J.O.
Morman, Frank W. (Corporal)
Morton, William C. (Corporal)
Moyer, Frank C.
Napier, Robert W. (Sergt)
Nevinger, Ralph S.
Newman, David B.
Oliver, Henry B.
Orner, Henry A.
Otto, Edgar (Cook)
Pye, Samuel H.B.
Scott, Elmer
Snow, Earl C.
Snyder, William M.
Spicer, Rudolph K. (Corporal)
Stairs, Robert
Stauffer, Frank W.
Steever, George W.
Stine, Henry M. (Second Lieut.)
Shock, William H.
Swartz, Ed. A.
Taylor, John A.
Theurer, William
Weaver, Harry A.
Whitcomb, Frank P.
Wilson, Charles A.
Wilson, Frank
Wilson, Harry M.
Wilssler, Christian, (Corporal)
Wolf, John L.


The Eighth Regiment

Pursuant to General Orders No. 7, A.G.O., the eighth regiment , Pennsylvania National Guard, reported at Mt. Gretna on April 28, 1898, for the purpose of volunteering in the United States service, in the War with Spain. The severely inclement weather prevented the regiment from erecting camp until Friday, April 29. The strength of the regiment was forty three officers and 586 enlisted men; total 639. The minimum per company was fixed at eighty men. Theodore Hoffman was commissioned as colonel of the Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and all but Company G were mustered into the United States service, May 12, 1898, Company G having been mustered in the day prior.

May 13 the regiment had orders to proceed to Chickamauga, Georgia, with ten days' rations. This order, was, however, countermanded on May 15, and on the 16th the regiment was ordered to proceed to Washington, D.C. with ten days rations. On the morning of the 18th of May, the regiment broke camp at Mount Gretna and arrived at Dunn Loring Station, Virginia, at six o'clock p.m. This was the first regiment to locate at what came to be known as Camp Alger. They were assigned to the Second Army Corps. June 16, 1898, in accordance with orders from the War Department, the companies were ordered to be recruited to one hundred and six men each, and Majors Hutchinson and Holmes were detailed as recruiting officers. July 25th the regiment was presented with a beautiful silk United States flag by the ladies of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. August 30th the regiment proceeded to Camp Meade, Middletown, Pennsylvania, arriving there early August 31st. On October 26th the regiment left Camp Meade and proceeds via the Pennsylvania Railroad to participate in the Peace Jubilee in Philadelphia, and returned the same day. Under War Department orders the regiment broke camp at five a.m. November 13, 1898, and embarked for August, Georgia, proceeding via Washington City, Richmond, Raleigh, through Virginia and the Carolinas, and arrived at August on November 15, and went into camp at Camp MacKenzie, four miles from Augusta. On January 27, 1899, the regiment participated with the brigade in a practice march of fifteen miles. The regiment was finally mustered out of the United States service at Camp MacKenzie, March 7, 1899, by Captain W. P. Burnham, Fifth United States Infantry. The following served from Dauphin county in this regiment, and mostly as members of Company D:

Anderson, Oliver C.
Arter, George E.
Badorf, Harry A.
Bailets, Charles S.
Baker, Jesse D.
Beck, Solomon
Bergengrn, George O.R. (promoted June 21, 1898, to Corporal)
Bergstresser, Edwin R. (First Lieut.)
Bernheisel, Charles H.
Blessing, Charles E.
Boden, John (Second Lieut.)
Bradshaw, Joseph S. (Cook)
Brownewell, William H. (Q.M. Sergt.)
Buchler, Edgar (Musician)
Bumbaugh, John A.
Burd, John W. (Wagoner)
Carpenter, John H.
Challerton, Frank H.
Coble, Charles R.
Colestock, Ed. R.
Crawford. Charles V.
Cumming, James G.
Cunkle, Sam C.
Daugherty, Don D. (Chief Musician)
Ducy, William J.
Earp, Harry E.
Eberly, William E.
Ellinger, George W. (Corporal)
Etter, Charles F. (Second Lieutenant)
Fager, Albert Jr. (Corp)
Feig, David
Fisher, Charles S. (Corp)
Frasch, Fred. D.
Froehlich, Frank A. (Promoted to Corporal July 2, 1898)
Gilbert, John G. (Sergt.-Major)
Goodyear, Harry J.
Gordon, James L.
Goss, Clyde C.
Hale, James M.
Hautzman, Charles F.
Hartman, Jerry J. (Sergt.)
Hartranft, Wilson
Heist, Stuart H. (Corp.)
Helper, George W.
Herald, Charles M.
Herman, John C. (Sergt.)
Hipple, Harry L.
Hipple, Lewis (Capt.)
Hoffman, Clarence S.
Hoffman, William G.
Hopple, James S. (Hospital Corps)
Humer, Edwin C. (Sergt.)
Hutchinson, Joseph B. (Major)
Jauss, Christian (Major and Sergt.)
Jenkins, Robert D.
Kautz, Sam H. (Corporal)
Keeper, Sam. M. (Corporal)
Keller, Harry M.
Laubenstein, Ezekias (Captain)
Laubenstein, William I.
Laurie, John B.F. (Corporal)
Lautsbough, William
Llewellyn, Charles F. (Signal Corps)
Lowe, Preston V.
Luerssen, Herman C.
Manahan, Don F.
Markley, Leroy G.
Marshbank, Frantz B.
Martin, John W.
Marzolf, John R.
McCallum, Ed.
McCarmant, Saml. (Corp.)
McEvoy, John W.
McFarlan, Malcom M. (Musician)
Meals, Harry S.
Mikle, Frank H. (First Sergt)
Miller, Charles I.
Milliken, Harry I.
Morris, Howard
Norris, Alexander W. (First Lieut.)
Poist, David F.
Prowell, J. Z. (Corp)
Resser, Charles E.
Rice, Harry (Wagoner)
Schell, Ed. H. (Corp)
Schmiedel, Ernst W. E.
Schoener, Clarence A. (Musician)
Schoener, William (Musician)
Searfauss, John
Sheetz, David F.
Sliker, Clarence W.
Smith, Edgar Z.
Snell, George S.
Spangler, John K.
Stackpole, Oscar L. (Sergt)
Stephenson, Gomer L.
Stephenson, John D. (Corp)
Sullivan, Ed. J. (Corp)
Taylor, Nathan
Wert, Ed. H. (Corp)
Wert, J.Y. (Corp)
Wert, Samuel A.
Wilbar, Charles L.
Wilson, Thomas W.
Winters, William I. (Corp)
Wollerton, William M.
Zieders, William
Zimmerman, Charles M.
Zook, Jacob F. (Corp)

April 28, 1898, when the militia companies left Harrisburg to go into camp at Mount Gretna, preparatory to joining the United States army for service in the Spanish-American war, a great farewell demonstration was given them by the loyal citizens of Harrisburg. With cheers from the lips of thousands, and with many a "God-speed", the boys marched to the Union Station. They forced their way through a solid mass of well-wishers, who filled the sidewalks and streets. From every window and many a housetop flags were unfurled. Scenes of 1861 were re-enacted in multiplied ration proportionate to the growth of the city since those eventful Civil War days. In a few hours after the call for troops by President McKinley, each volunteer had settle up his business matters, bad his friends adieu and laid aside the duties of civil life to take up his burden as a soldier.

Governor Hastings made a patriotic speech to the "City Grays" and "Governor's Troop," two of the best commands of the Pennsylvania National Guard, assembled at the armory. A procession was formed, and halted by the Civil War Monument. Rev. Dr. Dimmick, of the Grace Methodist Church, offered prayer, and hundreds of school children with pretty flags were present to do honor to them. At the station the crush of people was tremendous, and made it almost impossible for the men to reach the train. It was such an outburst of enthusiasm as Harrisburg had seldom seen. As the procession rounded Front and Market streets, the band played "America," and the "Star Spangled Banner." First came the bluecoats, thirty-five in number; next the Harrisburg band of twenty pieces; all members of the city council, wearing small flags and badges; the Epworth Guards, the old Veterans of Grand Army Posts Nos. 58, 116, and 520, about two hundred strong; a score of uniformed letter carriers; State officials, and Governor Hastings; the Eighth Regiment Drum Corps, while the City Grays brought up the rear.

The engine which pulled the train of tents and camp equipage to Mount Gretna (camp) bore a hug placard, bearing the inscription "Remember the Maine." Careful estimates placed the throng at between seven and eight thousand people.

The din that was raised at seven o'clock in the morning by the whistles and bells of industrial plants, fire engine houses, railroad shops, etc., for fifteen minutes, was indeed startling. The same demonstration of noise was repeated at 9:00 a.m., when the train left the station.

Many of these Guards subsequently enlisted in the United States army, and found their way to Cuba and the Philippines. When the Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment left for the Pacific coast, en-route to the Philippines, another great demonstration was held at Harrisburg.




Source:History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, with genealogical memoirs [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Kelker, Luther Reily,. History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, with genealogical memoirs. New York Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1907.






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