1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection

1898-1899
Manuscript Collection #1343
Creator(s)
United States. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st (1898-1899)
Physical description
0.2 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, consisting of photographs
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
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

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.


Biographical/historical information

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/


Scope and arrangement

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.


Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Purchased from Tavistock Books

Processing information

Processed by Corinne Taylor, June 2019.

Copyright notice

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


Container list
1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba
Box 1 Item 3 Moat Artonis (?)
Box 1 Item 5 Moat of Artonis (?)
Box 1 Item 6 Lieut. Sartoris
Box 1 Item 8 161st Inf. Band
Box 1 Item 10 An Unusual House in Cuba
Box 1 Item 11 Dry Good Store
Box 1 Item 15 Cuban Senoritas
Box 1 Item 16 Tropical Scene
Box 1 Item 19 Troops in Colon Cemetery
Box 1 Item 20 Inside Cabanas Fortress
Box 1 Item 23 Cuban Scene
Box 1 Item 24 Cuban Scene
Box 1 Item 25 Cuban Scene
Box 1 Item 26 Cuban Scene
Box 1 Item 27 Scene on the Roumanian
Box 1 Item 28 San Antonio, Cuba
Box 1 Item 29 1st Bat. on the March
Box 1 Item 30 Guns on Cabanas
Box 1 Item 32 1st N.C Band
Box 1 Item 33 Cuban Family
Box 1 Item 34 Spanish Block House
Box 1 Item 35 Camp of 1st Bat. 1st N.C
Box 1 Item 37 Camp 1st Bat
Box 1 Item 38 2nd Bat. 1st NC on Drill
Box 1 Item 42 Cuban Cart
Box 1 Item 43 Cuban Soldiers
Box 1 Item 44 Cuban Soldiers
Box 1 Item 45 Cuban Soldiers
Box 1 Item 46 1st N.C. Mascot
Box 1 Item 47 1st Bat. on March
Box 1 Item 48 Taking a Cuban to Prison
Box 1 Item 49 Spanish Guards- Havana
Box 1 Item 52 Spanish Boat
Box 1 Item 53 Entrance to Morro
Box 1 Item 54 Cuban House
Box 1 Item 55 Guns on Cabanas Fortress
Box 1 Item 56 Row of Palm Trees
Box 1 Item 57 Cuban hut