SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR - COLORADO SOLDIERS RECORDS
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection consists of payroll vouchers, final statements that include a description of the soldier and settlement of the soldier's pay, correspondence and special orders dating from 1898-1899. Material includes the complete payroll records of the First Regiment of Colorado's Volunteer Infantry Companies A-M and the payroll vouchers of individual soldiers, which contains final statements, discharge letters and special orders.
The vouchers are fragile but in good condition. The final statements contain a physical description, birthplace, birth date, occupation and date of enlistment for the soldiers. The correspondence consists of discharge letters, which in some cases document that the soldier was being discharged in order to take a promotion. The collection also contains special orders and general orders.
The payroll vouchers include pay rates for officers and enlisted men. They also contain information about the death of several soldiers. In addition, the payroll vouchers describe the reason for a soldier's discharge and, in many cases, give a character evaluation. The vouchers include information on expenses for traveling, clothing, equipment and the penalties for bad conduct. Material from the United Spanish war Veterans organization consists of reunion and membership information, information about the General Henry W. Lawton Camp No. 1, group photographs and newspaper clippings about members of the veterans organization.
The series contains payroll records of the First Regiment of Colorado's Volunteer Infantry Companies A-M. There is one voucher for each company. Each voucher contains a list of every soldier in that company with relevant information such as pay, rank, deductions, enlistment date and reasons for discharge or death.
The series includes final statements, correspondence, payroll vouchers and special orders. Each voucher reflects pay and deductions of pay for each individual soldier. The correspondence consists of discharge letters. The U.S. Army used final statements to document settlement of the soldier accounts.
The collection is open for research.
The Spanish-American War Colorado Soldiers Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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On April 27, 1898, the Colorado Guard was mobilized for service in the Spanish-American War. 1400 men were activated into the First Colorado Volunteer Infantry. On June 14, 1898, after two weeks training at Camp Alva Adams in Denver, the regiment sailed for the Philippines. They participated in numerous battles and played a large role in the capture of Manila. Captain Alexander M. Brooks of Denver, Colorado raised the Stars and Stripes over captured Manila. The war had actually ended the day before the Manila attack. The regiment spent several months on guard duty in the Philippines, and went home exactly a year after its arrival. Twelve men were killed in action and another twenty-three died from disease.
United Spanish War Veterans was a service and support organization for veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and the Chinese Relief Expedition.
1 Photo folder
Other Finding Aids
The Denver Public Library purchased the Spanish-American War Colorado Soldiers collection on January 8, 1993. Additional material was donated by Jerome A. Green in 2017.
Number of Boxes: 2 Number of PhotoOVFFs: 1
REVISED AND ENCODED BY:
2005 Abby Hoverstock 2018
Ellen Zazzarino Abby Hoverstock
- Business records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Military records Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Payroll records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Soidiers -- Colorado -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United Spanish War Veterans -- Archival resources
- United Spanish War Veterans -- General Henry B. Lawton Camp No. 1 (Denver, Colo.) -- Archival resources
- United States -- Army -- Colorado Infantry Regiment, 1st -- Archival resources
- Veterans -- Colorado -- 20th century -- Societies and clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR - COLORADO SOLDIERS RECORDS
- REVISED 2018
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