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Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
Chapter XXVI: Schenectady Soldiers in the Spanish War

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[This information is from pp. 404-409 of Schenectady County, New York: Its History to the Close of the Nineteenth Century by Austin A. Yates (New York: New York History Co., 1902). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 Yat, and copies are also available for borrowing. Thanks to Carol Di Crosta for data entry help with this page.]

The Second Regiment New York Infantry, United States Volunteers, assembled on Hempstead Plains, Long Island, May 2, 1898. The officers of the regiment were:

Companies E and F, both of which were from Schenectady, were mustered into the Second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, on May 16, 1898, and Major Austin A. Yates was placed in command of the Fifteenth Battalion, of which they formed a part.

On May 18th the regiment moved to Chickamauga, Ga., where it remained until June 1st, when it proceeded to Tampa, Fla. On arriving at Tampa, the regiment became part of General Shafter's Fifth Army Corps, then under orders to proceed by transports to Cuba. Owing to the lack of facilities for embarking troops and the scarcity of transports, the Second Regiment was left behind with the entire command under Brigadier-General Snyder. This was the severest knock the regiment suffered, as both officers and men were very anxious to go to the front, and had they gone they could not have suffered any more than they did in the pestiferous camp at Tampa, and in clearing ground under the broiling sun upon the Sands of Fernandina.

On July 20th, an order was received for the regiment to proceed to Fernandina, but owing to the difficulty in obtaining transportation the movement was not begun until the 26th. On July 24th the regiment was transferred to the First Brigade, commanded by Brigadier-General J. W. Cline in the Third Division, commanded by Brigadier-General Louis H. Carpenter of the Fourth Army Corps under General Coppinger. On August 21st, orders were received releasing the regiment from duty in the Third Division, Fourth Army Corps, and transferring it to the Department of the East, and directing it to proceed to Troy, N. Y. The movement began on August 24th and on reaching Troy the regiment was quartered in Camp Hardin on the bank of Sand Lake.

On October 26th, the mustering out of the regiment began, and on the 31st of that month, Companies E and F were mustered out. Following is the list of officers and men from Schenectady who were members of the Second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry:

Roll of Company E, 36th Separate Company of Schenectady, Schenectady Citizens Corps

Sergeants

Corporals

Privates

Roll of Company F, 37th Separate Company of Schenectady, Washington Continentals

Sergeants

Aubrey A. Ross Fritz R. Champion William Leedom Roger G. Kinns

Corporals

Privates

The editor deeply regrets that he is unable to give the records of those who fought in the Philippines and in China. He has made every effort to ascertain who of Schenectady's sons engaged in two national contests, in which the United States won equal renown for bravery, humanity and the exercise not only of military skill, but of military diplomacy that is unsurpassed in all its history. He has advertised in the daily papers of Schenectady for information as to those who fought or suffered or died in these wars, and has received no response, and has never been able to obtain any information. It would be idle to attempt a search among the names of 446,000 enrolled in the records of the War Department, to find the scattered few who did duty in the tropics. There are enough, however few, to deserve honorable mention in those two wars, but even the names of those few he has been unable to obtain.

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