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Friday, December 31, 2010

Private John Skirving Farmer, United States Volunteers, Memorial Service by the Micah John Jenkins Camp #164, Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.

This information is courtesy of the Micah John Jenkins Camp #164 of The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans. Please try to attend and support such a worthy project.

Everyone is invited to attend the memorial service and headstone dedication for Private John S. Farmer of Company L of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, United States Volunteers, who served in the Spanish-American War. Until the placement of this headstone this veterans grave has been unmarked since his death, and he has been forgotten.

The service will start at Noon on Saturday, February 12th, 2011, at the Live Oak Cemetery in Walterboro, South Carolina. Speakers will be present to speak on John S. Farmer and the history of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, U.S.V. Anyone wishing to assist or take part in the service is invited to contact the Micah John Jenkins Camp No. 164 of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans.

PRIVATE JOHN S. FARMER, U.S. VOLUNTEERS.

John Skirving Farmer was born in Charleston South Carolina, and was enlisted on May 2nd, 1898, at Savannah, Georgia, by Captain Hopkins in his company. At the time of his enlistment he was described as being 43 years old, 5 ft. 5 in. tall, of a light complexion, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, married, and was employed as a Clerk in Savannah, Georgia. His company joined others from throughout Georgia at Camp Northern in Griffin, Georgia, where he was mustered into United States service as a Private in Company L of the 2nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, U.S. Volunteers, on May 13th, 1898, for a period of two years service. In July of 1898 he was admitted to the regimental hospital for a case of hemorrhoids, however returned to duty shortly thereafter. In September of 1898 he was in and out of the 2nd Brigade Hospital and the Corps Reserve Hospital at Camp Wheeler in Anniston, Alabama, with malarial fever, and on September 13th, 1898, he was furloughed from the Corps Reserve Hospital for one month, and returned home to Savannah to recover. There was apparently some difficulty in his being able to return to Savannah as there is a letter in his file to Captain Hopkins from John Farmer in Macon, Georgia, requesting assistance in obtaining transportation to Savannah, this was obtained through the army and he was able to return to Savannah. He rejoined the Company at the end of his furlough on October 11th, 1898, and on November 22nd, 1898, he was mustered out of United States service with the company (and the remainder of the regiment) at Savannah, Georgia. This service record reflects pretty well the service of the average Spanish-American War Veteran, not all went over to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Philippines and many instead served stateside, and did credit to themselves and their states.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Episode of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, Radio Show (Show #10).

We did a new episode of our Camp Radio Show (Show #10) where we spoke about Christmas  Traditions, New Years and The Feast of The Three Kings / Fiesta De Los Reyes Magos (The Epiphany), we hope you enjoy the show. Here is the link  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172/2010/12/19/sons-of-spanish-american-war-veterans-cuba-libre-c

Spanish American War Article from Taunton Gazette.

This article was published by the Taunton Gazette (Massachusetts) on December 8th, here is a link to it
http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/x1499823082/LEST-WE-FORGET-The-story-behind-Tauntons-Spanish-American-War-Monument /// Remember to listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (Dec 25th and January 1st) // Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo (25 de Diciembre y 1ro de Enero) !

We wish all our Camp members and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !! /// Les deciamos a todos nuestros miembros y amigos una Feliz Navidad y un Prospero Ano Nuevo !! // Remember you can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, GOODSEARCH and GOODSHOP Toolbar.

The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, earns money (a penny a search) when you use GoodSearch to search the web and we get a small percentage of anything you buy online (you pay the same price, we get paid via the companies) by using GoodShop to shop online. Support us and our eventual goal of building a "Spanish American War Museum and Archives" (which would sadly be the ONLY one of its kind in the United States). Help us help preserve the History and Memories of all our Brave Troops, as well as helping preserve United States, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Philippine History between 1898 and 1902.  I know that a penny doesnt seem like much money BUT we can use every penny we can get, to make this dream come true, help us by downloading and using the toolbar >  Http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/sons-of-spanish-american-war-veterans /// Remember you can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Camp Radio Show Episode, Show #9.

We did a small show tonight, you can listen to it by visiting this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172/2010/12/03/the-sons-of-spanish-american-war-veterans-cuba-libre-camp-172-show-9
We hope you enjoy it !

Confederate General Wade Hampton quote, on the eve of the Spanish American War 1898.

".. as old as I am, I can still ride on horseback and wield a sword; and if her quota (S. Carolina) is not filled, if there is one name lacking to make it full, I myself will volunteer. This is our country and it is our duty to make it the champion of freedom for all time to come." - ex-Confederate General Wade Hampton, 1898 outbreak of the Spanish American War, "The State" Newspaper, South Carolina (courtesy of Brother K. Robison, S.S.A.W.V.). // Remember you can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

We wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day !!

We at the Cuba Libre Camp wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day !! We want to thank all the Veterans (and all of those serving). May GOD Bless America and all of our Men and Women in Uniform !!! // You can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Spanish American War and Philippine Insurection Plaque and "Hiker" Statue , Austin, Texas.

This is a photograph of the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection Plaque found on the Capital grounds, in Austin, Texas. It is the at the base of "The Hiker" Statue (whose photo I will post shortly). We give a "hat tip" to Kirby Crabtree for sending it to us. // Remember to listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

95 Year Old, George Vujnovich, Finally Gets His World War Two Medal !!

This American Hero finally recieved his Medal for his World War Two activities. This is a wonderful story, you can see the whole story by visiting this link  http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/95-year-old-george-vujnovich-gets-medal-for-world-war-ii-rescue/19677460?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C178331

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

We are raising money for the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, Museum and Archives. Please donate TODAY !!

We are raising funds so we can have a permanent home for our Museum and Archives. This has been the dream of the Cuba Libre Camp since our Chartering. We need all the assistance we can get financially from all our friends and members. Our Camp Museum and Archives has a collection of books and documents dealing with the Spanish American War, The Philippine Insurrection, The Boxer Rebellion and the History of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. We also have coins and other memorabilia from 1898.
We have different options available to us, as far as the actual future permanent location of our Museum and Archives. // You can donate money (we are grateful for any amount you wish to donate to us, even if it is only a few dollars, as every dollar helps us get closer to our goal) by sending us a Money Order made out to : "The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp 172" you can mail your donation to The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172 C/O John ODonnell-Rosales, P.O. Box 667, Mobile, Alabama 36601.  Remember if we don't preserve OUR History, Who will ??

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Issue of "The National Son" now out.

We recieved the new issue of "The National Son". It has lots of great info from the Convention as well as a listing of all new National Officer's. If anyone needs a copy please email me and I will forward one to you.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hawaii Annexed in 1898 becomes 50th State on August 21, 1959.

Hawaii was annexed by the United States on July 7th, 1898, in the middle of the Spanish American War. Hawaii was a Territory of the United States from July 7th, 1898 to August 21st 1959, when it became our 50th State. // You can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

General Calixto Garcia y Iniguez, Cuban Liberation Army / Ejercito Libertador Cubano.


Today in 1839 was born General Calixto Garcia y Iniguez, in Holguin, Cuba. He was the Commander of the Cuban Liberation Army. He died of Pneumonia while on a trip to New York City, on December 11th, 1898. The famous book "A Message to Garcia" was written by Elbert Hubbard based on the famous trip to find Garcia and the Cuban Liberation Army by Major Andrew Rowan during the Spanish American War. It is a true classic and I highly recommend it. /// You can listen to our Radio Show by clicking on this link
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

National Convention Ends.

Our National Convention ended this past weekend and we have new National Officer's. I will be posting the names of our new Officer's plus any photos from the Convention I can get my hands on, so stay tuned !

Monday, July 19, 2010

Santiago Day Event and Camp Meeting.

If anyone can attend please contact Camp President Ken Robison, this event should be fun for the whole family, click on the link and help honor our heroes http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=166612709454

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Real Son, Brother John B. Garrett Jr., Passes Away.

The following was posted by Colonel Raymond LeMay, former National President  on the S.S.A.W.V. Facebook Group page on July 7th, 2010. We at the Cuba Libre Camp #172 offer our condolences to the family and friends of  John B. Garret Jr., May He Rest In Peace. >  Col. LeMay wrote "It is my Sad Duty to Report the Loss of Real Son, Brother John B. Garrett Jr. He was the Son of Pvt.  John B. Garrett Sr. of Co. T, 3rd VA Regt. He passed away at the Age of 83 on July 5th. John was a Proud Member of the Joseph Melvin Leonard Camp No.168, Cohoes-Albany, NY. Calling Hours will be tommorow at Dufresne and Cavannaugh Funeral Home at 149 Old Loudon Rd. Latham, NY between 4 and 7pm. I will be attending at 5 pm to represent the SSAWV".

Monday, July 5, 2010

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

The latest issue of The National Son has been published and is now available. If you need a copy feel free to email me.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy 4th of July / Feliz 4 De Julio !

We wish all our members and friends a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. Please remember the sacrifices past and present of all our men and women in uniform and remember to Fly your American Flag !!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, National Convention July 30th and 31st, 2010.

Our National Convention will be held on July 30th and 31st. It will be held at Troy, Ohio and should be fun and enjoyable. If any of our Camp Members would like to participate and represent the Cuba Libre Camp #172 at the National Convention as Delegates, please call me or send me an email and I will give you all the necessary details.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Spanish Consul in New Orleans, Louisiana 1898 and 1899.

The Spanish Consul in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1898 was Narciso Perez Petino. He served as Consul at New Orleans from 1897 to 1898. He was succeeded by Pedro Soliz, in 1899 once the Spanish American War ended.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flag Day, Monday June 14th, 2010.

Remember to Fly your American Flag, on Monday June 14th. Keep our BRAVE Men and Women in Uniform, in your thoughts, we are FREE because of their sacrifices both in past War's and in the present !

Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Online Store for The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172.

We set up a new online store for our Camp. You can click the link at the very top of the blog. The first Category has coin's from 1898 and Category 2 has book's about the Spanish American War, The Philippines Insurrection and The Boxer Rebellion. You can visit the online store by going to http://astore.amazon.com/sonofspaamewa-20, visit often as we are alway's adding new product's, book's ect., we hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Cuban Independence Day (May 20th, 2010) / Feliz Dia De La Independencia De Cuba (20 de Mayo) !

We wish all our Cuban Exile Member's a Happy Cuban Independence Day (May 20th) / Les deciamos a todos nuestros miembro's exiliados Cubano's, un Feliz Dia de Independencia Cubana (20 de Mayo) !

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Commander Bernabe Rodriguez Meneses 1852-1942, Cuba Liberation Army / Ejercito Libertador Cubano.


This is a photo of Commander Bernabe Rodriguez Meneses (born June 11, 1852, died January 1st, 1942). He served in the Trinidad Mounted Infantry, 4th Corps, 1st Division, 3rd Brigade, of the Cuban Liberation Army / Ejercito Libertador Cubano. May He Rest In Peace / En Paz Descanse. (the photo is courtesy of Mrs. I. Lee, grand daughter).

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The United States of America declares War on Spain, April 25th, 1898.

The United States of America declared War on Spain, on April 25th, 1898, in response to Spain's declaration of War, on April 23rd. The United States considered the begining of the conflict to have been April 21st, 1898. (The April 21st date is known as "Muster Day" and is one of the Commerative Day's in The Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans, along with April 25th).

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spain Declares War on the United States, April 23rd, 1898.

The Spanish Goverment declared War against the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1898.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Join The Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172 Facebook Group Page.

You can join The Sons of Spansh American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172 Facebook Group Page by clicking on this link http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=158994409903 or by searching for The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172 on Facebook. We appreciate you for joining our group page and ask that you invite your Facebook friend's to join. This is an easy way to help support us and it doesn't cost anything !! Thank You // Gracias !

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172 Radio Show (Show #5).

We did a new show (#5) today, the topic's included St. Patrick's Day and Irish / Irish American  contribution's to the U.S. Military, Cuba ect., You can listen by clicking here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cuba-libre-172/2010/03/17/sons-of-spanish-american-war-veterans-cuba-libre-camp-172-show-5, We hope you enjoy it.

Owen McFarr, United States Consul, Cienfuegos, Cuba 1898.

Owen McFarr was the U.S. Consul in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1898. He was from Tennessee.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Andrew J. Cummings, Medal of Honor Winner, Spanish-American War (Cuba 1898).

Andrew J. Cummings (born Alexandria, Indiana) was a Sgt. in Company F, 10th U.S. Infantry and recieved the Medal of Honor, for action's on  July 1st, 1898, at Santiago De Cuba. He recieved the Medal of Honor "for gallantly assisting in the rescue of the wounded while under heavy enemy fire".  

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mayor's of New Orleans, Louisiana 1898 to 1902.

The following men served as Mayor's of  New Orleans, Lousisina during The Spanish-American War, The Boxer Rebellion and The Philippine Insurrection.

1) Walter C. Flower - He served from April 27th, 1896 to May 7th, 1900.

2) Paul Capdevielle - He served from May 9th, 1900 to December 5th, 1904 (He was born in New Orleans on January 15th, 1845 and died in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi August 13th, 1922. He had served in his mid teen's in the Confederate Army, as a Private in Company D, Orleans Guard Regiment, Louisiana Militia and later in Boone's Battery, Louisiana Light Artillery).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mayor's of Mobile, Alabama between 1898 and 1902.

The following two Mayor's were in Office, in Mobile, Alabama during The Spanish-American War, The Phillipine Insurrection and The Boxer Rebellion.

1) John Bush 1898-1900

2) Thomas Fry 1900-1902

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Remember the Maine", February 15th.

Remember the U.S.S. Maine and the Brave Men who lost their lives on February 15th, 1898, in Havana, Cuba.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

John P. Chidwick, Chaplain on U.S.S. Maine, February 15th, 1898.

Father John P. Chidwick was the Chaplain who served on the U.S.S. Maine. He was on the ship on February 15th, 1898 and gave aid and comfort to the dead and injured (and refused numerous order's to abandon the ship, because he would not leave before the injured). He also conducted the Funeral in Havana, for the U.S.S. Maine dead. // Father John Chadwick died in New York City, on January 13th, 1935.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Remember The Maine", February 15th (Suggested Book and Poster).

I highly recommend "The Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine" by Samuel Willard Crompton. The book is an excellent narrative of the event's leading up to the sinking of the ship and the long term consequences (the War, ect.). There is also a poster available of the U.S.S. Maine taken after it was sunk in Havana Harbor, for anyone interested in having a copy of that photograph, for mounting or as a collector's item, or to donate to a local school (Social Studies / History Class). // "Remember The Maine" and the men who gave their lives and honor them by remembering their sacrifices, pass down the history of these brave men, even if all you can do is purchase a poster to donate to a local school, let us keep their memories alive, if we as Son's of Spanish American War Veteran's don't > Who Will ??

"Remember The Maine", February 15th

February 15th, 1898 was the day the U.S.S. Maine sank in Havana harbor. We ask all our member's and friend's to remember all the brave men who lost their lives on that day. 
The U.S. Postal Service put out a stamp on February 15th, 1998 commemorating the U.S.S. Maine, which you can see above.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Coca-Cola introduced to Cuba during the Spanish American War, 1898 // La Coca-Cola entra a Cuba durante la Guerra Hispana-Americana, 1898.

Coca-Cola was introduced into Cuba during the Spanish American War by American Troop's. The drink became so popular in Cuba that in May 1899, The Coca-Cola Company made Jose Parejo, a wine merchant, in Havana their first wholesaler.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

2nd Alabama Infantry 1898, Death's from Illness and other Reason's, Companies H, I, K, L and M.

Company H - No Death's Listed
Company I - Private Solomon W. Gold, Private Jas. M. P. Hicks, Private Harvey B. McCutcheon
Company K - No Death's Listed
Company L - No Death's Listed
Company M - Private Wallace Winbourne

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Issue of "The National Son" now available.

Our National Secretary, Brother Bernie O'Brien has published the latest edition of "The National Son". I will be getting "hard" copies of it and have them available to any Camp member's who wish a copy.