Military


Nebraska Militia Regiments - Spanish American War

First Nebraska Infantry.-Official title, First Nebraska Infantry (before enlistment. First Regiment, Nebraska National Guard). Headquarters. Bennet. Organized July 12, 1881. This regiment was organized in the early days of the State, coming from the Territorial militia. Many of the officers and men were members of the First Nebraska Volunteers during the Civil War. Mustered in for war with Spain, May 9 and 10. 1898. Served in Indian campaign, Pine Ridge Agency, January, 1891. Strength for war with Spain, 1.328. Commanded by (1) Col. John P. Bratt; (2) Col. John M. Stotsenburg. Stationed during war: (1) Camp Alvin Saunders, Lincoln; (2) Camp Merritt. San Francisco, Cal.; (3) Camp Dewey, Manila. Sent from United States for service in the Philippines. Participated in battles at Manila. Casualties up to April 4, 1899: 4 officers and 25 men killed; 4 men died from wounds, 8 officers and 102 men wounded.

Second Nebraska Infantry.-Official title. Second Nebraska Infantry (before enlistment, Second Regiment, Nebraska National Guard). Headquarters, Nebraska City. Organized Aug. 9. 1887. Mustered in for war with Spain, May 10, 1898. Served in Indian campaign, Pine Ridge Agency, January, 1891. Strength for war with Spain, 1.328. Commanded by Col. Charles J. Bills during war operations. Stationed during war: (1) Camp Alvin Saunders, Lincoln ; (2) Camp George II. Thomas, Chickamauga. Casualties during campaign : 32 deaths. The regiment was mustered out at Fort Omaha, Oct. 24. 1898.

Third Nebraska Infantry.-Official title, Third Nebraska Volunteer Infantry. Organized and mustered in for war with Spain, July 13,1898. Strength for war with Spain. 1,328. Mr. William J. Bryan, a recently defeated Democratic candidate for the Presidency, raised a company in his native town of Lincoln, Nebraska, and was elected the colonel of the Third Nebraska Regiment. Commanded by (1) Col. William Jennings Bryan; (2) Col. Victor Vifquain. Stationed during war: (1) Fort Omaha; (2) Camp Cuba Libre, Fla.; (3) Camp Columbia, Havana, Cuba. Sent from United States for services in Cuba. Casualties during campaign: 35 deaths. -



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