1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection, 1898-1899

Manuscript Collection #1343

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: 1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection
    Creator: United States Army. First North Carolina Volunteers.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: The four month stay in Cuba of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, from December 1898 through March 1899 is documented in these sixty amateur albumen photographs with captions. The photographs are 3 1/2" x 3 3/8" in 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" mounts. The soldiers arrived in Havana, Cuba, the day after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Spanish American War.
    Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, consisting of photographs
  • Description
     

    This collection contains photographs taken during the Spanish American War between 1898 and 1899 in Cuba by the 1st Battalion, 1st Volunteer Infantry. The photographs measure 3-1/2” x 3-3/8” and are mounted with a penciled caption underneath. The complete list of captions are provided below. The photographs are arranged by how they were found and organized.

    The archive documents document the activity of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteer Infantry while in Cuba immediately after the Spanish American War. The photos presumed to have been taken by an amateur photographer of the Battalion. This photographic archive visually documents the 1st NC’s four month stay in Cuba, depicting the regiment and their maneuvers and marching, street scenes, different buildings in Havana, Cuban civilians, forts, Cuban soldiers, a Cuban being escorted to prison, Spanish soldiers departing, the Battleship Maine wreckage, etc. One of the forts depicted in the collection is Artonis (spelling?) Castle, its location in Cuba is unknown.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Raleigh’s Camp Bryan Grimes was the training facility for the 1st North Carolina regiment. Of the three North Carolina regiments that were raised for the Spanish American War the 1st North Carolina was the only one to make it to Cuba, having been sent there in December of 1898. The 1st Battalion of the 1st North Carolina Volunteers broke camp in Savannah and were later transported to Havana, Cuba on the ROUMANIAN. They arrived in Havana on the evening of December 11th, after the Treaty of Paris was signed. They then traveled by train and went into camp Columbia, at Buena Vista Station. Being the first American soldiers to arrive at Havana, they received a gracious welcome. They continued their usual drills and same rigid discipline while residing in Havana. They also spent time guarding Havana. Orders were given about the 18th of March to return to Savannah, Georgia where the regiment would be mustered out. They arrived there on the March 28th, and were not mustered out until April 22, 1899 with a total of 50 officers and 1,028 enlisted men. There were only two casualties in the regiment during the war, Worth Bagley and William E. Shipp, who both died in action.

    Sources: Wiley J. Williams. Spanish-American War. Accessed June 10, 2019. https://www.ncpedia.org/spanish-american-war

    Troy L. Kickler. The Spanish-American War. Accessed June 10, 2019. https://northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/the-spanish-american-war/

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    February 1, 2019, 0.2 cubic feet; The four month stay in Cuba of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, from December 1898 through March 1899 is documented in these sixty amateur albumen photographs with captions. The photographs are 3 1/2" x 3 3/8" in 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" mounts. The soldiers arrived in Havana, Cuba, the day after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Spanish American War. Purchased from Tavistock Books, Alameda, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Tavistock Books

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection (#1343), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processed by Corinne Taylor, June 2019.

Container List

  • Photographs of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers in Cuba
     
    Soldiers on Guard at Artonis (?) Castle (item 1)
    Searching Artonis (?) Castle (item 2)
    Moat Artonis (?) (item 3)
    Tropical Scene in Artonis (?) Castle (item 4)
    Moat of Artonis (?) (item 5)
    Lieut. Sartoris (item 6)
    Corp. Rufus Rawlins “G” 1st N.C. (item 7)
    161st Inf. Band (item 8)
    Moat of Cabanas Showing the “Vale of Tears” (item 9)
    An Unusual House in Cuba (item 10)
    Dry Good Store (item 11)
    1st Bat. 1st N.C. marching down a stream (item 12)
    Monument to a Spanish Engineer (item 13)
    Scene in San Antonio, Cuba (item 14)
    Cuban Senoritas (item 15)
    Tropical Scene (item 16)
    Barb Wire around Block House (item 17)
    Cell in Cabanas Fortress in which a Cuban General was confined (item 18)
    Troops in Colon Cemetery (item 19)
    Inside Cabanas Fortress (item 20)
    Spanish Soldiers going to transport (item 21)
    Spanish Soldiers going to Transport (item 22)
    Cuban Scene (item 23)
    Cuban Scene (item 24)
    Cuban Scene (item 25)
    Cuban Scene (item 26)
    Scene on the Roumanian (item 27)
    San Antonio, Cuba (item 28)
    1st Bat. on the March (item 29)
    Guns on Cabanas (item 30)
    “Wreck of the Maine” in Havana Harbor (item 31)
    1st N.C Band (item 32)
    Cuban Family (item 33)
    Spanish Block House (item 34)
    Camp of 1st Bat. 1st N.C. (item 35)
    Camp of 1st Bat. 1st N.C. on Practice March (item 36)
    Camp 1st Bat. (item 37)
    2nd Bat. 1st NC on Drill (item 38)
    “Wreck of the Maine” (stern view) (item 39)
    1st Bat. 1st NC on Practice March (item 40)
    1st Bat. 1st NC on Practice March (item 41)
    Cuban Cart (item 42)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 43)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 44)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 45)
    1st N.C. Mascot (item 46)
    1st Bat. on March (item 47)
    Taking a Cuban to Prison (item 48)
    Spanish Guards- Havana (item 49)
    Window of a House in Cuba (item 50)
    On the Plaza Havana, Cuba (item 51)
    Spanish Boat (item 52)
    Entrance to Morro (item 53)
    Cuban House (item 54)
    Guns on Cabanas Fortress (item 55)
    Row of Palm Trees (item 56)
    Cuban hut (item 57)
    Big guns on Cabanas Fortress (item 58)
    Fire Department Havana, Cuba (item 59)
    Monument in Cabanas Fortress (item 60)

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Container List

  • Photographs of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers in Cuba
     
    Soldiers on Guard at Artonis (?) Castle (item 1)
    Searching Artonis (?) Castle (item 2)
    Moat Artonis (?) (item 3)
    Tropical Scene in Artonis (?) Castle (item 4)
    Moat of Artonis (?) (item 5)
    Lieut. Sartoris (item 6)
    Corp. Rufus Rawlins “G” 1st N.C. (item 7)
    161st Inf. Band (item 8)
    Moat of Cabanas Showing the “Vale of Tears” (item 9)
    An Unusual House in Cuba (item 10)
    Dry Good Store (item 11)
    1st Bat. 1st N.C. marching down a stream (item 12)
    Monument to a Spanish Engineer (item 13)
    Scene in San Antonio, Cuba (item 14)
    Cuban Senoritas (item 15)
    Tropical Scene (item 16)
    Barb Wire around Block House (item 17)
    Cell in Cabanas Fortress in which a Cuban General was confined (item 18)
    Troops in Colon Cemetery (item 19)
    Inside Cabanas Fortress (item 20)
    Spanish Soldiers going to transport (item 21)
    Spanish Soldiers going to Transport (item 22)
    Cuban Scene (item 23)
    Cuban Scene (item 24)
    Cuban Scene (item 25)
    Cuban Scene (item 26)
    Scene on the Roumanian (item 27)
    San Antonio, Cuba (item 28)
    1st Bat. on the March (item 29)
    Guns on Cabanas (item 30)
    “Wreck of the Maine” in Havana Harbor (item 31)
    1st N.C Band (item 32)
    Cuban Family (item 33)
    Spanish Block House (item 34)
    Camp of 1st Bat. 1st N.C. (item 35)
    Camp of 1st Bat. 1st N.C. on Practice March (item 36)
    Camp 1st Bat. (item 37)
    2nd Bat. 1st NC on Drill (item 38)
    “Wreck of the Maine” (stern view) (item 39)
    1st Bat. 1st NC on Practice March (item 40)
    1st Bat. 1st NC on Practice March (item 41)
    Cuban Cart (item 42)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 43)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 44)
    Cuban Soldiers (item 45)
    1st N.C. Mascot (item 46)
    1st Bat. on March (item 47)
    Taking a Cuban to Prison (item 48)
    Spanish Guards- Havana (item 49)
    Window of a House in Cuba (item 50)
    On the Plaza Havana, Cuba (item 51)
    Spanish Boat (item 52)
    Entrance to Morro (item 53)
    Cuban House (item 54)
    Guns on Cabanas Fortress (item 55)
    Row of Palm Trees (item 56)
    Cuban hut (item 57)
    Big guns on Cabanas Fortress (item 58)
    Fire Department Havana, Cuba (item 59)
    Monument in Cabanas Fortress (item 60)


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