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Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year, December 31st, 2010 !! // Feliz Ano Nuevo, 31 de Diciembre, 2010 !!

We would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous NEW YEAR !! // Les deciamos a todos un prospero ANO NUEVO !!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment 1898, Death's from Illness and other Reason's, Companies E, F, and G.

Company E - Private Columbus M. Herrin
Company F - No Death's Listed for Company F
Company G- Private Robert N. Alston
                    Private William E. Rollins
                    Private George Yawn                   

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Joseph Forney Johnston, Governor of Alabama during the Spanish American War, 1898.

Joseph Forney Johnston (born March 23th, 1843-died August 8th, 1913), of Jefferson County was elected Governor of Alabama in 1896 and served until 1900. He was the Governor of the State during the Spanish American War, in 1898. He was born in North Carolina and was a Democrat. He had served in the Confederate Army, as a Captain and was wounded 4 times, in combat.

Friday, November 20, 2009

2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment 1898, Death's from Illness and other Reason's, Companies A and B.

Company A - Private Lennie Simmons
Company B - Private Edwin E. James, Private William J. Murphy, Private Anthony Samurcrier and Private Alonzo E. Wells

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

National President 2009-2010, Brother Tim Downey

This is a photo of our National President, Brother Tim Downey at a recent Spanish American War Event. He is holding an 1895 KRAG.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chaplain, 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment 1898.

Archibald C. Harte of Mobile, Alabama was the Chaplain of the 2nd Alabama Infantry, during the Spanish American War. He held the rank of Chaplain and Captain.

Friday, November 13, 2009

2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1898.

The 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment was mustered in, for the Spanish American War, on May 6th, 1898 and was mustered out on October 31st, 1898.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Washington County, Alabama Veteran's of the Spanish American War, 1898.

Samuel Gilbert - Private Company C, 2nd Alabama Infantry
Hudson Milel - Private Company C, 2nd Alabama Infantry
Noah Mims - Private Company K, 3rd Alabama Infantry
George Thomas - Corporal Company I, 1st Alabama Infantry
Victor Van - Private Company B, 2nd Alabama Infantry

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day, November 11th, 2009 // Feliz Dia De Los Veteranos.

We would like to thank all our Men and Women, in the Armed Forces, as well as those who have served, in every war to help keep America Free. Your Sacrifices and Service to our nation is appreciated and not forgotten. God Bless our Brave Troop's now, and those who in the past helped keep America, the nation of Liberty and a beacon of Liberty, to the world.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chaplain, 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1898.

Owen P. Fitzsimons, of Birmingham, Alabama was the Chaplain of the 1st Alabama Infantry, in 1898. He held the rank of Captain / Chaplain.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

William A. LeBaron, Spanish Consul in Mobile, Alabama, 1898.

The Spanish Consulate, in Mobile Alabama was located at 11 South Royal Street, in 1898. Spain was represented by Mr. William A. LeBaron, who was it's Vice Consul (there was no Senior Consul, only a Vice). Mr. LeBaron resided at 400 Saint Francis Street and was from a family who had a long tradition serving as Consul's or Vice Consul's dating back to the War Between The States, for various nation's. Mr. William A. LeBaron was born on November 7th, 1827, the son of Charles LeBaron and Ann McVoy. William A. married Eliza J. Robb, of Mexico City, Mexico, in 1848 and he had served in both the Confederate Army and Navy.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

1st Alabama Infantry Regiment 1898, Medical Staff.

Surgeon / Major - William J. Kernachan (of Florence, Alabama)

Asst. Surgeon / 1st Lt. - Richard M. Fletcher Jr. (of Huntsville, Alabama)

Principal Hospital Steward - George W. Worth (of Anniston, Alabama)

Hospital Steward's - David W. Gass (of Birmingham, Alabama), Robert E. Hogan
(of Birmingham, Alabama), Paul D. Vann (of Anniston, Alabama)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1st Alabama Infantry Regiment 1898, Death's from Illness and Other Reason's.

Company A - Pvt. V. Walter Smith, Pvt. James M. Stewart, Pvt. Frank Maloney
Company B - Pvt. William M. Pride
Company C - Pvt. John W. Hannah
Company D - Cpl. Samuel Noble
Company E - Pvt. John F. Horton
Company F - Pvt. John F. Horton
Company G -Sgt. Philip N. Finch
Company H - None Listed
Company I - Pvt. Olin Olsen, Pvt. P. Nicholas Gaines, Pvt. Willie Thompson
There was no Company J, in the 1st Alabama infantry Regiment.
Company K - Pvt. Charles Schitz, Pvt. Fred Sizemore
Company L - Captain George F. Hart, Pvt. Robert J. McCullough
Company M - Pvt. Herman Brada, Pvt. William M. Franklin

Monday, October 26, 2009

1st Alabama Infantry Regiment, 1898.

The 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment was mustered, in for service, during the Spanish American War, on May 6th, 1898, in Mobile, Alabama. It never made it to Cuba or Puerto Rico, as the War was over before they were to arrive. The Regiment was mustered out on October 31st, 1898, at Birmingham, Alabama.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama 1898.

Fort Gaines, on Dauphin Island, Alabama was still in use by the United States Government, in 1898. The Fort was modified, due to fear's, of a Spanish attack, with three 6-inch disappearing guns and three rapid fire 3-inch gun's. The gun's are long gone, but two of the building's used as Officer's Quarter's, during the war, are still standing outside the present Fort Gaines Historic Site and one is still in use.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Sons of Spanish American War Veteran's, Cuba Libre Camp #172, FaceBook Group Set Up.

We set up a FaceBook Group, for our Camp. Please go to your FaceBook and sign up for our Group, we are getting alot of publicity via FaceBook, so tell all your friend's who are on it, to join it and also let them know about our Camp Blog. Gracias / Thank's.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The New U.S.S. New York, Sets Sail, but the name has part of it's root's, in The Spanish American War.

The U.S.S New York set sail from Avondale, Louisiana to New York, this week. She was built using steel recovered from The World Trade Center and will be commissioned, on November 7th, at the Intrepid Museum Pier. It will be home ported at Norfolk, Virginia.
There have been a total of 6 U.S.S New York's, with one (the 4th) which served in the Spanish American War. The Ship was an armoured cruiser and served as Rear Admiral William T. Sampson's  flagship, during the Battle of Santiago, Cuba and prior to that had served, at the bombardment of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 12th, 1898. It was finally decommissioned in 1933, in the Philippines and was scuttled, in December 1941, to prevent her capture, by the Japanese.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Murdered and Forgotten Utah Deputy Game Warden and Spanish American War Veteran Finally Honored.

Deputy Utah Game Warden and Spanish American War Veteran, Ernest Berry was finally honored today, with a headstone and full Law Enforcement Burial Honor's. He was murdered in 1914, while attempting to enforce Utah hunting law's, near the Great Salt Lake, and his badly decomposed body was quickly interred, in Mount Olivet Cemetery, in Salt Lake City. His grave was never marked, and he is the only Utah Game Warden, ever to be killed, in the line of duty. The Utah Law Enforcement Memorial and The Utah Conservation Officer's Association worked together to make sure his grave was properly marked, culminating, in the erection, of a headstone, on Wednesday October the 14th.
Ernest Berry was born, in Switzerland and enlisted to help defend and protect his new nation, during the Spanish American War, only to be murdered, by a killer, so close to home. May He Rest In Peace.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection 1898-1902, Uniform's Book.

I bought a copy of this wonderful book by Alejandro De Quesada (illustrated by Stephen Walsh) and highly recommend it to anyone who want's to see the actual uniform's worn not only by U.S. Troop's, but also member's of the Cuban Liberation Army, the Spanish Army and Filipino's. The book is available on Amazon and is part of Osprey Publication's series Men-At-Arms. If you are interested in the Spanish American War, this is a must have, for your personal library. It also makes a great gift, for anyone who had ancestor's who served, in the war or to donate to your local school or college.

Friday, October 9, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize For 2009 // El Presidente Barack Hussein Obama Gana El Premio Nobel De Paz Para 2009.

Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of The United States of America has been Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize, for 2009. He is the third sitting U.S President to win the Award, the first being Thomas Woodrow Wilson, in 1919. Spanish American War Hero and former President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, was the first United States President to win the Award, in 1906, for his work, in helping negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese, which lasted from February 10th, 1904-September 5th, 1905. The Treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War was signed at the U.S. Naval Station, at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on September 5th, 1905.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cuban Liberation Army // Ejercito Libertador Cubano

The Cuban Liberation Army existed from 1895-1898. It was divided into Corps and Division's. I will be posting more information, on the Cuban Liberation Army, in future post's.

Happy Columbus Day (Oct. 12th) // Feliz Dia de la Raza (12 de Oct.).

The Camp wishes all our member's and friend's a Happy Columbus Day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Issue of "The National Son", is available.

The new issue of the Sons of Spanish American War Veteran's Official Publication, "The National Son" is now available. If there are any member's who have not recieved it, feel free to email me at and I will be happy to forward a copy to you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clara Louise Maass (June 28th, 1876-August 24, 1901).

Clara Louise Maass volunteered as a contract Nurse, with the United States Army. She served with the 7th U.S. Army Corps, in Jacksonville, Florida, Savannah, Georgia and Santiago De Cuba, from October 1st, 1898-February 5th, 1899. She was discharged and volunteered again to serve in the Philippines, with the 8th Army Corps, from November 1899 to 1900, where she contracted Dengue Fever, in Manila and was again discharged. She once again returned to Cuba, to work with William Gorgas and the U.S Army's Yellow Fever Commission, at the Las Animas Hospital, Cuba. She volunteered, to be bitten by Yellow Fever carrying Mosquitoes and on the second experiment came down, with the disease and died. She was buried at Colon Cemetery, in Havana, Cuba, with full military honor's and her body was later removed to Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, New Jersey (Section L, Lot 81, Grave #2), on February 20th, 1902. She was honored, by the United States Postal Service, with a stamp, on the centennial, of her birth. The Cuban Government issued a stamp honoring her sacrifice, on the 50th Anniversary, of her death, in 1951. // This wonderful woman, a TRUE American Heroine, gave her life, so other's could live, she is an example, of sacrifice, heroism, patriotism and humility. May She Rest In Peace.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur !

On Behalf of the Camp, I wish all our Jewish Brother's, in our Camp and in the Organization, a Happy Rosh Hashanah (9/19) and Yom Kippur (9/28).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mobile, Alabama Spanish American War Military Roster's

I will soon begin posting the names of Soldier's, who served in the Spanish American War, from the Mobile, Alabama area. I hope this help's those hoping to join the organization, from our local area.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

S.S.A.W.V. Past National President Raymond LeMay, holding Cuba Libre Camp #172 Charter.

This is a photo of Past National President Brother Raymond LeMay holding the Cuba Libre Camp #172 Charter. The photo was taken at the 2009 National Convention. This photo was already published here on the Blog, in August, but we have finally (!!) framed our new Charter and thought we would repost it, so the member's who haven't seen it could get a glimpse of it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11th, 2001 // El 11 de Septiembre, 2001.

We dedicate this Blog today, to the Memory, of the September 11th victim's. May They Rest In Peace.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mobile, Alabama History Blog // Nuevo Blog de la Historia de Mobile, Alabama.

The Camp is sponsoring a new Blog, which highlight's Mobile, Alabama History. The Blog will cover the History, Genealogy, Military History, People, Event's ect., of Mobile and the surrounding area. Our Camp is proud to be located, at Mobile, Alabama and we want to support our City and County (Which by the way, is full of Spanish American War History). We also hope to "get our name out" and use it as a recruiting tool and a resource, for those interested, in our City and it's History. Please visit we hope you enjoy it. (Above you can see the Flag of The City of Mobile).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

William Lambert, Fireman 2nd Class, U.S.S. Maine.

This is one of the few existing photo's of African American Crew Man, William Lambert (of Hampton, Virginia), Fireman 2nd Class and lead pitcher, of the U.S.S. Maine's Baseball Team. He is pictured, in the uniform of the Maine's Baseball Team and is holding a baseball (left handed pitcher). He died, in the explosion, of the ship, on February 15th, 1898, along with every member, of the Baseball Team, with the exception, of John H. Bloomer (who held the rank of Landsman, on the Ship). William Lambert led the U.S.S. Maine's team, to the Navy Championship, in December, of 1897, after the team defeated the crew of the U.S.S. Marblehead. William Lambert was one of 23 African American's, on the U.S.S. Maine. May He and all his Navy Comrades, on the U.S.S. Maine, who lost their lives, on February 15th, 1898, Rest In Peace.

"Message To Garcia" Plaque, Bayamo, Oriente, Cuba // Placa "Mensaje A Garcia" dedicada en Bayamo, Oriente, Cuba.

A Plaque commemorating the famous "Message To Garcia", from President William McKinley Jr. (b. January 29th, 1843, d. September 14th, 1901) to General Calixto Garcia y Iniguez (b. August 4th, 1839, d. December 11th, 1898), via Lt. Andrew Summers Rowan, was dedicated, in Bayamo, Oriente, Cuba, in 1942.

Monday, August 31, 2009

American Legion Post # 1, Havana, Cuba

The American Legion Post #1, in Havana, Cuba was founded initially, by many Spanish American War Veteran's. The Post dedicated a Mausoleum, in Colon Cemetery, in Havana, Cuba, in 1926. This Mausoleum still stands, in Havana and holds the remain's of many Spanish American War Veteran's, World War One Veteran's, Confederate Veteran's and Union Veteran's. The last Commander of The American Legion Post, was Howard Anderson (age 41 and a World War Two Veteran), who was brutally tortured and finally excecuted, by the Castro Regime, on April 19th, 1961, after a "show trial". The old American Legion Mausoleum, is still in decent condition, even after 50 years, of neglect. It was recently videotaped, by a Canadian tourist and one can still clearly see the United Confederate Veteran's, United Spanish American War Veteran's and The Grand Army of The Republic emblem's, on the Mausoleum wall's. It is my hope to somehow get the name's, rank's, unit's, of all Veteran's buried there, I will be working on this project and will keep you informed. /// There are many Spanish American War Veteran's, Boxer Rebellion and Philippine's Insurrection Veteran's buried in many foreign nation's, if any reader's of this Blog overseas, know of any Veteran's, buried, in their Country, please send me an Email and I will add them to our Camp's historical record's.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Melvin Richard Benisch, 1st National President S.S.A.W.V. 1937 // Primer Presidente Nacional, 1937

Here is a photo of our 1st National President Brother Melvin Richard Benisch, 1937. I am looking for his birth date and death date, for our Camp Historical Record's, if you have them please leave me a message or send me an email. // Aqui vemos una photo de nuestro primer Presidente Nacional, El Hermano Melvin Richard Benisch, en 1937. Estamos buscando las fechas de nacimiento y de muerte, para los documentos historicos de nustro campamento, si usted los tiene dejenos un mensaje por correo electronico.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Remember The Maine" Stamp 1998

This stamp was put out by the U.S. Postal Service, in 1998, in honor of the Spanish American War Centennial. The Stamp was issued on February 15, 1998, to coincide with the sinking, of the U.S.S Maine, in 1898.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Les Paul, American Music Icon Passes Away (1915-2009)

Lester William Polsfuss, better known as Les Paul, a pioneer of the electric guitar and multitrack recording, who revolutionized music, passed away yesterday, at age 94. May He Rest In Peace.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This Day In Spanish American War History

August 12th, 1898 - The United States and Spain ended hostilities. The actual peace treaty was not signed, until December 10th, 1898 (Treaty of Paris) and was not ratified, by the United States, until February 6th, 1899.

Monday, August 10, 2009

More Convention Photo's / Mas Fotos de la Convencion Nacional

This photo show Brother Raymond LeMay, Past National President 2008-2009, with the new National Secretary Brother Bernie O'Bryan (right).

National Convention Photo's / Fotos de la Convencion Nacional

This photo is courtesy of Brother Raymond
LeMay (left), as he hands over the National Presidential Gavel to our new President, Brother Tim Downey (right), at this year's Convention. The Cuba Libre Camp #172, welcomes our new National President, Brother Tim Downey.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Camp Chaplain

The Cuba Libre Camp is proud to introduce, to our member's, our new Camp Chaplain, Mr. Russell Kirkland. Russell is one of the newest member's of the Camp and is active in many religious activities. He will be an asset to our Camp and our member's. We welcome Brother Russell, as one of our Camp Officer's.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spanish American War Commemoration, by Fort Clinch Historic Site 9/19-9/20, 2009

There is a Spanish American War Commemoration being sponsored by the Fort Clinch Historic Site, Amelia Island, Florida. The cost is $2.00 a person (Fort Admission), you can contact 904-277-7274, for more information.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Raymond LeMay, National President S.S.A.W.V. 2008-2009 // Sr. Raymond LeMay, Presidente Nacional 2008-2009

This is a photo of Mr. Raymond LeMay, President of The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans 2008-2009, holding the Charter of The Cuba Libre Camp, at the National Convention this past weekend. We at The Cuba Libre Camp #172, would like to thank Mr. LeMay for his assistance in helping form Cuba Libre Camp #172, during his term in office. We would also like to congratulate our new National President, Mr. Tim Downey, on his election and we look forward to working closely with him, during his administration. // Esta foto fue tomada en la Convencion Nacional, este fin de semana. En la foto vemos al Sr. Raymond LeMay, Presidente Nacional de Los Hijos de Veteranos de la Guerra Hispana-Americana, sujetando en sus manos el fuero oficial del Campamento Cuba Libre #172. Nos gustaria darle las gracias al Sr. Raymond LeMay por su asistencia en la formacion del Campamento Cuba Libre #172, y nos alegra ver la eleccion del nuevo Presidente Nacional de la organizacion, el Sr. Tim Downey, esperamos ser de asistencia durante su administracion.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Congrat's To All Our New National Officer's // Felicitamos a los nuevos Oficiales elejidos en la Convencion Nacional

The Cuba Libre Camp would like to extend our congratulation's to all the new National Officer's who were elected today, at the National Convention, for the 2009-2010 term. We would also like to thank everyone who assisted, in helping the Cuba Libre Camp #172, come into existence, this year, as well as thanking, all the out going National Officer's. We appreciate all the help and assistance all the Brother's have given us, in our formation. Thank You all once again.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Corazon Aquino, 1st Female President of The Philippines Passes Away // Muere La Ex-Presidenta de la Filipinas, la Sra. Corazon Aquino

Maria Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, known as "Corazon Aquino" (born January 25th, 1933) the 1st Female President of The Philippines and the 1st Female President of any Asian Nation, passed away. She was the 11th President of The Philippines and served, from 1986 to 1992. May She Rest In Peace.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cuba Libre Camp #172 Radio Show, on BlogTalkRadio (Show #1) // Programa Radial del Campamento Cuba Libre #172, en BlogTalkRadio.

Today I did a test show on BlogTalkRadio, for our Camp Radio Show. It is a "test" show, but I think it went well and will help get our name out and that of the organization in general. You can click here and listen to the show, at your convenience. I plan on doing a show's as often as time permits. I hope you enjoy them. I am going to cover all aspect's, of the War Period 1898-1902, as well as the personalities, period history, History of The United Spanish War Veteran's, The Sons of Spanish Americian War Veteran's, The Cuban Liberation Army (Ejercito Libertador Cubano) ect. ect. Check it out, you will enjoy it !!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Can Anyone Identify This Young Lady? / Quien es esta Senorita, en la foto?

This young lady appeared, on a post card sometime between 1898 and 1910? Does anyone know her name or when the post card was made exactly? The post card was done in honor of the U.S.S MAINE, feel free to leave a message on this post, or email me at

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

National Convention July 31st-Aug 2nd / La Convencion Nacional

The National Convention will be held in just a few day's. There is still time to make plans to attend and enjoy the fellowship and the activities. There are alot of important things to be accomplished, at this year's convention, so make plan's to attend, if at all possible. If you need more information email me at, hope to see you all there.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Remember Our P.O.W., P.F.C. Bowe R. Bergdahl // Prisionero de Guerra, P.F.C Bowe R. Bergdahl

The Taliban released a video of our captured service man Private First Class, Bowe R. Bergdahl, age 23, of Hailey, Idaho. He was captured on June 30th, 2009 while engaged in actions against the Taliban, in Eastern Afghanistan. Remember our POW, and the suffering his family is going through and keep him and his family, in your thought's and prayer's, during these dark day's, of his captivity.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

National Convention

The dates of the National Convention are July 30th-August 2nd. The Convention will be held in Kentucky this year, if any member's want to go and participate feel free to contact me and I will get you the contact information. This year's Convention should be fun and enjoyable so make plan's to attend.

Welcome / Bienvenidos

Welcome to the Blog Site of The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172. We will be posting all kinds of information on the activities of Cuba Libre Camp #172, as well as events, history and biographies, of the Spanish American War era. Visit us often, as we will post, on a regular basis.