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Photos of the 2nd MA Vol. Infantry in the Spanish-American War

49 images of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry.

Capt. Co. L, Frederick E. Pierce (2): 7 x 8.5 in., with blindstamp of Goldsmith Studio, Springfield, MA and 3.25 in. square image on 4 x 4 in. card of Capt. Pierce in Camp Turner

1st Lieut. (Co. L) Charles H. Field: approx. 3 x 4 in. photo on same size card mount. KIA July 1, 1898 at the Battle of El Caney

2nd Lieut. (Co. L) Fayette B. Mason: 3 x 4 on mount

Plus: Tim Murphy; Clay Gorland; Harry Hall; Don Aldrich (Sgt); Frank Brasson; Charles Wilson; [Lorell] Spaulding; Charles Smead; Robert Stockbarger; George Blackman; William Murphy (Mus); Albert Beckworth (Corp); Charles Arnold; Andy Anderson; Henry Arial (Artificer); Earl Coates; Bob Carey; Archie Hale (Sgt); Fred Schiller; [the next 7 are on cards that have been trimmed at corners] Tom Riley; Jerry(?) Jeremiah Sullivan; Joe Lanois; Bill O'Connell; Walt Raymond; Hank (Henry) Grans; Lou Frishoun; Pete Fuchs (image moved to longer card and gem-sized second image added); [these are again on 3 x 4 in. mounts] Harry Barnes; Fred Brown; Edward Cor[nell]; Frank Carpenter; George Brooks (Corp); Gil Bangs; Eddie Class (Corp); James Cook; Pete Campbell; Don [last name missing, but we only find Don Aldrich in list]; Tom Murphy (Sgt); Eddie Slocum (Corp); Al Denison (Corp); Jim Cook; [Albert] Beckworth; A.G. (Alston) Salisbury (M. Sgt); plus one with no ID and a cabinet card with no ID.

The 2nd MA Vols. formed in early May and mustered into US service between May 8 and 10, 1898. They became part of the 5th AC under General William Shafter. They left for Cuba on June 14 on the transport Seneca, arriving eight days later. As part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Div. they were sent to occupy the road to El Caney, with the intention to take El Caney quickly then join the assault on San Juan Heights. They moved on the town in the early morning hours of July 1, but the battle took much longer than anticipated, in part because of the antiquated weapons that had been issued to the Massachusetts troops (black powder Springfields). It wasn't until late in the day that El Caney was neutralized, and by then, the fight on San Juan Hill was nearly over. The 2nd MA lost 1st Lieut. Charles Field in the battle, with several others wounded. Joseph Lanois later died of wounds received at El Caney. Five more died of dysentery, two of malaria, one of "exhaustion & malarial fever," one other of "exhaustion," one of "Disease called Yellow Fever," one listed as "Heart Disease following malarial fever," and one unknown. A total of 14 out of 77 officers and men.


Some with cracked mounts. Nearly all with toning of the mounts. Still good, but with faults.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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