Mecklenburg Plays Great Part In Spanish-American War Gave Three Companies To Greatest Volunteer Army Ever Assembled Together

The Charlotte Observer
July 8, 1928 
pages 2 & 5

Mecklenburg Plays Great Part In Spanish-American War
Gave Three Companies To Greatest Volunteer Army Ever Assembled Together

Veterans’ Organization Perpetuates Gallant Record-Camp Chase Adams Likely to Win Loving Cup at State Reunion at Raleigh-----North Carolina Troops First to March into Havana. Thirtieth National Reunion to Be Held in Cuba in October. Dr. Wilder’s Memory. 
By Maude Waddell

(Reprinted and edited with permission by The Charlotte Observer
At Durham tomorrow will be held the annual convention of the North Carolina division of the United Spanish war veterans, in which organization Chase Adams camp No. 1. of Charlotte, holds the original charter in the state. There will go from Charlotte on this occasion perhaps a dozen veterans as the representatives of this camp. It is not improbable that a man from the western half of the state will be advocated for state commander. It is also possible than an invitation will be extended the division to meet next year in Charlotte.

There are now more than 60 veterans on the roll of Chase Adams camp. The camp, which had been quiescent in recent years, was reorganized last January, since which time its growth has been steady and phenomenal. Chase Adams camp has reason to expect that its representative will bring back from Durham the cup offered by retiring State Commander J. C. Benjamin to that post in the organization making the greatest increase in membership during the year. Chase Adams camp was named for the first Mecklenburg county soldier to give up his life in active service in the war with Spain. The camp was organized by Dr. Hillory Madison Wilder, of beloved memory. He was the camp’s first commander. Doctor Wilder took an active and personal interest in the welfare of the organization throughout his life. His son, Gaston Wilder, who saw service with the marines during that conflict, is a member of the camp. John R. Purser is the present camp commander. Mecklenburg County planned a conspicuous part in the war with Spain as in all other wars in which the United States has participated. Mecklenburg sent two companies of white troops and one of negroes in to that engagement. North Carolina troops were a part of the army of occupation of Cuba. The thirtieth annual encampment of the national organization of Spanish war veterans will be held at Havana, Cuba, in October. A number of Mecklenburg veterans and other members of Camp Chase Adams from other counties and states are making preparations to attend this encampment. It will be the first return of the veterans to the country they wrested from the grasp of Spain.


The Spanish American war is the only war in all history in which no form of compulsion was used in recruiting men to the standard. No draft or conscription was necessary when President William McKinley issued his call to the colors in 1898. The president called for a quarter of a million men. Half a million responded almost overnight. The Spanish American war will go down in history as the only war ever fought entirely and exclusive by volunteers. More men clamored for admittance into the ranks of the troops than could possibly be used. Mecklenburg County has the unique distinction of having sent in to the service a negro troop commanded by a negro man. C. S. L. A. Taylor rose from the rank of captain to the remarkable distinction of being the only colored colonel in command of a regiment in the United State army at that time. Taylor is a resident of Charlotte to this day. He has won the respect and friendship of his white neighbors, not only because of his zeal and loyalty in time of war, but because of his unassuming and sincere attitude in the ensuing period of peace. The day of the entraining of the three companies for active service Charlotte witnessed one of the most colorful demonstrations she has ever known. Eight thousand people assembled to see the soldiers off and bid them Godspeed. It will be remembered that this event occurred over a quarter of a century ago, when the city was much smaller than it is now and when there were no hard surfaced roads or motor vehicles to make assemblage easy for so vast a concourse of people. Veterans of the war of the sixties turned out in force to inspire and encourage the boys. The troops were only partially uniformed and equipped. Many of them were without arms of any sort. America, as all the world knows, went into the conflict entirely unprepared for war.


The Charlotte Observer, under date of May 3, of that year, gives the following account of the departure of the troops: “Amidst cheer, music, the waving of flags and generalty enthusiastic demonstration of 7,000 or 8,000 people the soldiers composing the two companies of the Hornet’s Nest Rifles and the Queen City Guards went forth yesterday to answer their country’s call. The departure, of the boys marks an epoch in the history of the Queen City. Not since the days of ’61 have there been anything akin to the scene witnessed, and not then by numbers but by intensity of emotion. Charlotte witnessed the greatest demonstration ever remembered in the history of the community. “The day’s doings have been written on the pages of local history. The town was astir almost by the time the morning sun came peeping over the hills. The day was perfect. Not even the shadow of a cloud dimmed the horizon. The glad sunshine gilded the earth and with its genial effects inspired the soldiers to fresh courage, fresh hope and fresh zeal. The city hall was the scene of activity. The armories were filled with soldiers. Hundreds of people surged in and out and around and about the building. Flags were flying from houses and stores, and every person on the street either wore a small flag or carried a large one. “Tryon street from the square to the Carolina Central station was a mass of humanity. Eager interest was depicted on every face. Windows, doors, pavements, housetops-all held their quota of lookers-on. It was an animated scene-one not soon to be forgotten. While the crowds surged back and forth in the streets, the captains of the two companies assembled their men in the large hall adjoining the armories, and the lieutenants proceeded to call the roll. The Hornets and Guards, standing vis-à-vis, answered “here” in stentorian tones. As the eye ran down the lines of youth drawn up in battle array, the stern reality of the situation was more and more forced home to all.

S.A. War Vets courtesy of the Charlotte Observer“The Hornets were the first to leave the hall. They marched two by two out into the street and joined the Confederate veterans, who were drawn up in line, the head of the column resting at the square. The Queen City Guards left the hall a few minutes after, but did not march uptown, as they stopped to be photographed by Van Ness in front of the building. “It was 8:15 o’clock when the drummer boys from their exalted position on the tower balcony of the building gave the signal to fall in. The veterans led the line, followed by Hartraft Post, the military company with the howitzer, and the hornets. The soldiers, old and young, moved across the square, past the Manufacturers’ club, where they were reviewed by the ‘Girls Home Guard.’ Then they turned and passed on up Tryon street, being joined at the armory by the Queen City Guards. “The Davis band led the processional to the depot, playing Dixie. The soldiers moved to the station through a solid phalanx of humanity. Yards and houses were decorated with flags, and from thousands of throats went up cheer after cheer. The crowd had been gathering at the station as early as 7:30 o’clock. By the time the troops arrived every available inch of ground was occupied. The sight of such a crowd was an inspiration in itself. Just as the Charlotte soldiers reached the station the special train from Shelby having on board the Cleveland Guards rolled in. These were cheered and counter cheered. A salute was fired from the howitzer, farewells were said, and the soldiers boarded the train, many of them laden with flowers. Tears fell from the eyes of mothers, sisters and sweethearts.”


In this same issue The Observer says: “An interesting and appropriate benediction to the meeting at the association hall Sunday afternoon was the presentation to the two companies of two beautiful flags. They were made by Misses Victoria Cuthbertson, Bertha Walker, Pattie Stinson and Lottie and Mamie Linton. The one presented the Hornets was the work of all five ladies; the Queen City Guards the work and gift of Misses Cuthbertson and Lottie Linton. The flags were the same size. The Hornet flag was red silk on one side, with the words ‘Hornets Nest Riflemen, N. C.’ painted there on in gilt letters, and the other side of navy blue and white satin. The “Queen City Guards’ flag was red silk on one side, with the words ‘Queen City Guards, N. C.’ in silver letters, the reverse side being light blue and white silk ribbon in stripes. Both flags were handsomely mounted. Tied to the spear on each pole were the cards of the donor fastened with the tri-colors. The young ladies presenting them stepped on the stage immediately after the service was over, as did Captains Robertson and Chadwick. Miss Lottie Linton made the speech of presentation in an able and graceful manner.” It is the members of these troops “returned from the war,” and their comrades from other states and other outfits who have in later years come to this vicinity to preside, who form the nucleus around which the present Chase Adams camp is built. It was these men, now grown to middle age, who formed America’s only purely volunteer army. The Spanish American war was not a great war as conflicts between nations are reckoned. Very little has been heard from these men during the 39 years that have intervened since then. They have asked their country for little. But it is just that the tale of their heroism and sacrifice should be told. These soldiers offered their lives to their country. That there were not enough battles fought to go round was not their fault; they were in their places if their country needed them. They served for little pay---with hardly a thought of pay. More men were killed of disease and inattention than were slain by Spanish bullets. They were fed tainted beef by an incapable and careless commissary; they were allowed to succumb through disease for lack of medical attention; in many instances they were insufficiently clothed. But they did not complain, and they have not complained since."


The state reunion to be held at Durham tomorrow, and the national encampment to take place at the request of the Cuban congress at Havana in October, are attracting much interest among the veterans. It is because of plans that have and are being made to attend these two events, together with the reorganization of Chase Adams camp and the renewed interest among the veterans themselves in the history of the times in which they planed a part that an effort is being made to put into permanent form some of the accomplishments of Mecklenburg troops in the conflict. Interest in the proper perpetuation of local history connected with the Spanish American war, and of the part played in it by the veteran members of Chase Adams camp, is due in great measure to the untiring devotion of Commander Purser, who in the last six month has raised the membership of the camp from six to sixty. Mr. Purser is doing all in his power to secure belated financial aid from the government for his comrades, many of whom are now feeling the effects of age and the ravages of time. Hospitalization for these men is another pressing need. These things are now being gradually secured through the awakening of a governmental conscience at Washington, but much work yet remains to be done. One of the interesting authorities of this war is E. L. Barkley, of Charlotte, a member of the Queen City Guards, which unit was a part of the army of occupation in Cuba. Mr. Barkley assisted Doctor Wilder in organizing the camp, and, since Doctor Wilder is now dead, he is the only living father of Chase Adams camp. This camp was first organized in 1916. It was reorganized in 1920, and again in 1927. Mr. Barkley is perhaps more familiar with the history of the organization than any other man. Many of the records and papers of Camp Chase Adams have been lost or destroyed.


Other Charlotte people who have assisted materially in building up the camp and re-invigorating it was Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Burroughs and the latter’s sister, Mrs. R. A. Dunn, who are cousins of the young soldier, Chase Adams, for whom the post was named; E. C. Yarbrough, a veteran and a member of the camp; Chase Brenizer, also a cousin of Chase Adams; Mrs. H. M. Wilder, widow of the physician-soldier, and one of Mecklenburg’s outstanding figures; John Van Ness, a veteran; Harry Page, of Lincolnton, another veteran; Mrs. Kenneth Blake, of New York, a daughter of Doctor Wilder; the family of Lieut. William Shipp, who died for his country, and whose monument stands in Charlotte upon government property; Lieut. Commander James E. Walker, whose career was most spectacular, having risen from the position of an ensign in the navy to be acting governor general of Guam, and later attaché to Theodore Roosevelt; Capt. J. C. Benjamin, of Raleigh, retiring head of the department in the state; Capt. Baxter R. Hunter, of the United States army; Capt. Harry W. Edmonds, U. S. N., national guard inspector for North Carolina; Maj. Charles G. Montgomery, of the United States veterans bureau, and others. Among the many impressive bits of information recalled by Mr. Barkley, in speaking of his war experiences may be cited the fact that the American government furnished transport to carry many of the Spanish troops back home; that it was an outstanding fact that Charlotte furnished a negro commissioned officer of high rank; that the Vigilancia, which brought the North Carolina troops back from Havana was the same boat that attracted so much attention in the early part of the world war when sunk by the Germans; that the First North Carolina regiment was the first American outfit to march through the streets of Havana, December 10, 1989; that while Company M of the First North Carolina regiment, was encamped at Camp Cuba Libre, Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Clara Barton, head of the Red Cross organization of the world, visited the camp and was given an entertainment by Company M, another distinguished guest on this occasion being Brig. Gen. Andrew H. Burt, of the first Brigade, Second Division, Seventh Army Corps.


Another point emphasized by Mr. Barkley, and in fact by all people with knowledge of the part the south played in that conflict, is the great part taken by famous southern leaders, notably Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. Mr. Barkley said that he and other members of the Charlotte Companies, from the time they left Charlotte until their return to the states, were under the direct leadership of General Lee, and that they also had the interesting and pleasing experience of being thrown into immediate contact a good part of the time of the Third Nebraska, commanded by the famous “Commoner,” William Jennings Bryan. “Fighting Joe” Wheeler and Gen. W. W. Gordon, of Georgia, are also to be remembered in this connection. Mr. Barkley has in his possession one of the most interesting bits of data, in addition to being an outstandingly important bit of history, that has been contributed by those interested in this compilation, this invaluable help being in the form of a “Souvenir Roster,” 30 years old, the outer leaf done in colors, of the First North Carolina volunteers, commanded by Col. Joseph F. Armfield, the information contained in this little booklet being compiled by Sam T. Harris, Jr. and R. C. Ewing, Jr. Two Charlotte companies, A and M, are, of course, included. The officers of the First North Carolina volunteers will be remembered as follows: Colonel Joseph F. Armfield of Statesville; Lieut. Col. C. D. Cowles, 23rd Infantry, U.S.A.; Maj. W. G. Smith, of Asheville; Maj. George F. Rutzler, of Charlotte; Maj. George E. Butler, of Goldsboro; Reg. Adj. L. B. Alexander of Asheville; Adjutant first battalion and captain, Thomas W. Patton, of Asheville; adjutant second battalion and first lieutenant, John M. Allison, of Statesville; adjutant third battalion and second lieutenant, D. R. Johnson, of Wilmington; Surgeon, Maj. H. M. Wilder, of Charlotte; first assistant surgeon, Capt. Charles S. Jordan, of Asheville; second assistant surgeon, First Lieut. L. M. Archay, of Concord; chaplain, A. A. Pruden, of Durham; regimental quartermaster, E. G. Harrell, of Raleigh. The non-commissioned staff were: Sergeant major, Roy L. Linster, of Statesville; quartermaster sergeant, John M. Harrell, of Raleigh, chief musician, Charles Coe, of Middleport, Ohio; first principal musician, Jay G. Sims, of Concord; second principle musician, James Dilworth, of Durham; hospital steward W. A. Hughes, of Durham; hospital steward, E. C. Boyte, of Monroe; hospital steward, Parks M. King, of Concord.


Company A, of Charlotte, was composed of the following: Capt. T. R. Robertson, of Charlotte; First Lieut. T. L. Powell, of Charlotte; Second Lieut., Herbert J Hirshinger, Charlotte; sergeants, first, Albert G. Prempert, Charlotte; Eubert Lyerly, Hickory; Johnson Graham, Charlotte; Paul Schultz, Charlotte; Ripley P. Smith, Charlotte; corporals, Gordon H. Cilley, Hickory; James M. Edwards, Charlotte; W. B. Flake, Wadesboro; Coleman O. Moser, Hickory; Charles M. McCorkle, Newton; George M. Maxwell, Davidson; L. M. Osborne, Charlotte; Charles M. Setzer, Charlotte; J. J. Stewart, Davidson; P. I. Williams, Davidson; U. B. Williams, Charlotte; John G. Wilfong, Louise; musicians, J. Garibaldi, Charlotte; Claud Miller, Kings Mountain; artificer, J. J. Ozment, Charlotte; wagoner, W. R. Graham, Fayetteville; privates, Allen, O. A.., Gastonia; Allen, W. K., Monroe; Armstrong, G. M., Belmont; Auten, E. A., Charlotte; Bennett, D. E., Kings Mountain; Brown, W. A., Davidson; Bruenner, Carl, (Vienna, Austria), Charlotte; Butt, J. F., Charlotte; Butler, N. A., Clinton; Burge, Daniel R., Rutherfordton; Campbell, James H., Newton; Cannon, D., Asheville; Colbert, D. L., Augusta; Crump, S., Mint Hill; Crump, T., Mint Hill; Delvaux, Fred, Charlotte; De Marcus, L. E., Davidson; Ekard, John, P., Conover; Elam, Ralph, Spartanburg, S. C.; Fink, L. A., Pioneer Mills; Francis, W. A., Henrietta; Garrison, John, Morganton; Glenn, R. W., Charlotte; Goforth, J. F., Kings Mountain; Goforth, J. T., Kings Mountain; Gribble, M. H., Charlotte; Grier, D. D., Matthews; Grier, V. G., Matthews; Head, R. L., Statesville; Hodges, O. L., Charlotte; Hennessee, S. A., North Cove; Hennings, Chicago, Ill.; Hill, John D., Charlotte; Hoke, W. P., Kings Mountain; Huffstetter, W. T., Kings Mountain; Ivey, B. F., Matthews; Jimmerson, M. E., Rocky Pass; Johnson, W. D., Charlotte; Keever, H. O., Hickory; Knox, R. B., Newton; Lewis, J. S., Marion; Lewis, J. W., Marion; Linton, S. E., Charlotte; Lyon, John S., Hendersonville; Manney, R. J., Kings Mountain; Mize, R. L., Granite Falls; Montgomery, W. W., Charlotte; Murphy, Harry, Concord, Mass.; McLean, F. D., Bladenboro; McClean, J. H., Mooresville; McKay, Joe V., Charlotte; Odell, James A., Kings Mountain; Pitts, J. R., Concord; Proctor, W. A., Lincolnton; Reid, J. C., Sage; Renn, E. W., West Durham; Richard, C. J., Pensacola, Fla.; Roper, D., Spartanburg, S. C.; Roper, R., Spartanburg, S. C.; Sikes, D. S., Charlotte; Smith, O. B., Callahan; Steadman, W. W., Charlotte; Tredenick, W. T., Sardis; Trimble, J. W., Monroe; White, L. W., Davidson; Williams, B., Linville; Williams, J. W., Charlotte; Williams, W. H., Newton; Wilson, W. M., Rhonia; Yoder, A. T., Hickory; Yount, A. O., Newton; Young, W. H., Newton; Yount, L. C., Hickory; Yount, T. E., Conover.


The roster of the Company M was as follows: Captain. H. S. Chadwick, Charlotte; First Lieutenant, John R. Van Ness, Charlotte; Second Lieutenant, W. A. Erwin, Charlotte; sergeants first, Harry Page, Charlotte; quartermaster, W. F. Kuester, Charlotte; H. N. Banks, Charlotte; E. W. Bonney, Charlotte; O. D. King, Charlotte; W. H. Schroeder, Jr., Charlotte; corporals, first, Laughlin Davis, Gastonia; Samuel Bell, Charlotte; Lloyd C. Torrence, Charlotte; John H. Dickson, Charlotte; D. P. Davis, Charlotte; S. S. Pegram, Charlotte; S. K. McDonald, Jr., Rock Hill, S.C.; G. G. Carter, Charlotte; E. E. Williamson, Pineville; E. R. Cates, Charlotte; W. A. Neal, Charlotte; C. E. Mosteller, Charlotte; George F. Smith, Tryon; W. H. Asbury, Charlotte; artificer, C. C. Wallace, Charlotte; wagoner, W. H. Ayers, Charlotte; privates Alexander, R. B., Charlotte; Bright, Oscar P., Greenville, S. C.; Barkley, E. L., Charlotte; Bailey, W. B., Marion; Bridgers, J. R. Charlotte; Bean, W. F., Charlotte; Cooper, Fred W., Marton; Carpenter, E. P., Charlotte; Chapman, A. F., Morganton; Culp, Edward, Charlotte; Cozby, W. F., Greenville, S. C.; Cheary, J. L., Charlotte; Crane, V. H., Portieth; Davis, W. M., Fayetteville; Daniel, W. D., Charlotte; Dunn, R. C., Charlotte; Duncan, R. S. N., Marion; Delvaux, F., Charlotte; Finger, R. T., Crouse; Freeman, M. P., Charlotte; Freeman, J. E., Charlotte; Floyd, J. W., Charlotte; Ferris, A. D., Charlotte; Grose, Ralph, Charlotte; Greeley, C. E., New London; Glass, John D., Marion; Graham, John M., Charlotte; Gregory, Robert E. Lee, Asheville; Gray, E. S., Charlotte; Hillis, W. H., Augusta, Ga.; Hollister, George H., Charlotte; Hickey, R. H., Newport, Tenn.; Hendly, J. M., Marion; Hunt, H. H., Asheville; Hoke, Charles W., Charlotte; Hummel, R. C., Greensboro; Jones, W. G., Charlotte; Jones, W. H., Charlotte; Jarrett, O. A., Palm; Kerr, E. D., Rankin; Kisiah, Thomas, Charlotte; Lander, W. T., Charlotte; Lindsay, R. T., Tryon; Linear, Newton, Pineville; Lequex, F. S., Mooresville; McGowan, John W., Charlotte; Moore, W. H., Charlotte; Mace, Cornelius, Eulonia, S. C.; Murphy, Mike, Charlotte; Murphy, Dennis, Charlotte; Neece, John W., Charlotte; Oates, W. D. S., Charlotte; Osborn, John M., Charlotte; Pegram, W. P., Charlotte; Philips, A. J., Concord; Poplin, W. S., Charlotte; Porter, W. H., Charlotte; Parrott, J. W., Greensboro; Philips, W. W., Asheville; Ramsey, W. A., Greensboro; Rogers, R. B., Asheville; Reville, J. H., none; Scott, Claudius, Charlotte; Stutts, L. B., Charlotte; Sadler, A. DeL., Charlotte; Sandifer, E. L., Sandifer; Shaw, G. R., Greensboro; Timmons, Harry, Charlotte; Thomas, G. W., Fort Mill, S. C.; Wells, J. M., Wilmington; Wall, J. M., Marion; Withers, M. P., Dallas; Williamson, Charles, Matthews; Woodside, R. W., Concord; Yandle, L. S., Rankin; transferred to U. S. hospital corps; Vance, M., Mills. Deceased, Corporal Chase Adams, Greensboro, August 12, 1898.


Among the very spectacular records made, not alone in the Spanish American war, but in other wars, by a Mecklenburg man, is that of Capt. James E. Walker, retired of the United States navy. Medal after medal has been awarded Captain Walker, citation following citation, until his record was unique in having so many instances of this type. The following is a brief outline of what this worthy Charlotte citizen has attached: 1891-Entered Naval academy. Graduated 1895. Resigned 1909. Spanish war, was awarded Sampson medal, cable cutting expedition; Spanish campaign medal. Philippine insurrection; Philippine campaign medal; Samar campaign. Moro expedition, commended by Gen. Leonard Wood for gallantry in action, orders department of Mindanoa. Russo-Japanese war: commended by Admiral Folger for picking up and dismantling floating mine, making detailed drawing of the same. Cuban pacification: 1907 and 1903, awarded Cuban pacification medal. Special letters: 1. Commended for reports on British defenses; Santa Lucia, B. W. I. 2. Thanked by bureau of equipment for chart corrections and running surveys of Philippine waters. Dangerous shoals discovered and charted with the name Walker Shoals. 3. Letters of commendation from R. D. Evans, rear admiral, U. S. N., commander-in-chief U. S. Asiatic fleet; bureau of navigation, U.S.N., through W. S. Cowles, assistant to bureau; William H. Moody, secretary, navy department; Charles H. Darling, acting secretary, navy department and from commandant of United States fifth naval district. Lastly, Captain Walker was awarded Victory medal in the world war having applied for service in March, 1917.


North Carolina was among the first states to respond to the call for troops. Colonel Armfield, who had commanded the fourth regiment of North Carolina state guard for several years, was commissioned colonel of the first regiment of North Carolina volunteers. The regiment went in camp at Raleigh, the camp being formally named: “Camp Bryan Grimes,” in honor of Col. Bryan Grimes, who commanded the fourth North Carolina regiment during the civil war, and was mustered into the service of the United States on May 2, 1898. On May 18, 1898, telegraphic orders were received from the war department to proceed to Tampa, Fla., and in compliance with these orders the regiment left Raleigh in three sections, over the Southern railway, at noon, Saturday, May 22, 1898. At Columbia, S. C., an order countermanding the previous one was received, and in compliance with this order the regiment was diverted to Jacksonville, Fla. About seven miles south of Savannah, Ga., at 5:45 o’clock on the morning of May 23, 1898, the third section of the train, in command of Maj. George E. Butler, collided with a freight train, and the result was one killed and seven injured. W. M. Barbee, of Company K, was crushed between the cars and instantly killed. Of the seven men hurt, only one was seriously injured. This was the second regiment to encamp at Jacksonville, Fla., the second Illinois volunteer infantry having arrived one day earlier. All the members of the regiment, eager to prepare themselves for real service in the field against the enemy, devoted their whole time and attention to daily drills and other instructions, and it is due the credit of Colonel Armfield and his staff of officers that the regiment attained such a high standard of merit among the fighting organizations of the United States. In August, 1898, orders were received for the regiment to hold itself in readiness to proceed to the Island of Puerto Rico, under command of Major General Wade, but the peace negotiations which were going on at Washington between M. Cambon, French ambassador to the United States, which resulted in the signing of the peace protocol and a cessation of hostilities of the army and navy, caused the regiment to remain with the seventh army corps.


Nothing of special mention occurred to the regiment as an organization until orders were received for the mustering out of the service of the regiment, which was early in September. Preparations were made for muster out, and when everything was ready for the mustering officer, another order was received, retaining the regiment in the service. On October 24, 1898, the regiment broke camp and left Jacksonville, Fla., for their new camp, near Savannah, Ga., where they were encamped with the other regiments of the seventh army corps, on Thunderbolt road, about one and a half miles from the city. On the morning of December 7 the regiment broke camp at Savannah and boarded the transport Roumania and sailed next day for Havana, Cuba, arriving on the evening of December 11, and went into Camp Columbia, at Buena Vista station, on the Mariano railroad, seven miles from Havana. Being the first American soldiers to arrive at Havana, they received a welcome that will be ever remembered by those that witnessed it. Pen cannot describe the intense gladness, almost bordering frenzy, displayed by the Cuban people at the sight of their liberators. During the stay on the regiment on Cuban soil the usual drills were continued and the same rigid discipline was enforced. The conduct of the members was beyond reproach, and their gentlemanly deportment greatly impressed the natives. Orders were given about March 18 to return to Savannah, Ga., where the regiment was mustered out April 22, 1899. In connection with Charlotte’s record in the Spanish American war, a picturesque figure, without which no story would be complete, is that of the late beloved and revered Rev. Edwin A. Osborne, minister of God. Rev. Mr. Osborne was an Episcopal clergyman, prior to which calling he was a gallant Confederate colonel. He lived to the advanced age of some 90-odd years, mostly spent in Charlotte, where he did a noble work in the church, in the Thompson orphanage and in other branches of service for his Master. In a sketch of the second regiment of North Carolina volunteers in the Spanish American war, sent out by the adjutant general of the state, the following beautiful tribute is rendered this saintly minister: “Through most of the officers and men of the second regiment were young, they were quite a number who had been trained in war in that great school of modern times, the army of northern Virginia, and Colonel Burgwyn, Majors Dixon and Cotton, Chaplain Osborne and Captains Davis, Bell, Jones, Smith and Longstreet, Hoke and Ransom during the year 1861-1865. Chaplain Osborne, as colonel of the fourth North Carolina regiment, Anderson’s brigade, was one of the most gallant officers of the lost cause, bearing on his person the scars of many wounds; and Quartermaster Davis, as captain of a battery of artillery in the army of northern Virginia, fired his guns from sunrise to sunset at the battle of Sailor’s creek, whose echoes were the last to be heard in the tragedy at Appomattox.”


Following are the present officers of Camp Chase Adams: John R. Purser, commander; Capt. R. D. Henderson, senior vice commander; Capt. Harry Page, junior vice commander; E. C. Yarbrough, adjutant; W. L. Burroughs quartermaster; Joseph P. Watkins, historian; Capt. H. E. Edmonds, U.S.A., trustee; Maj. Charles G. Montgomery, trustee; Gaston H. Wilder, trustee. W. S. Adams, E. L. Barkley, R. L. Bracken, R. C. Bracken, A. J. Brandes, H. H. Brecht, J. L. Boothe, Dr. E. C. Boyette, W. L. Burroughs, F. R. Cates, R.T. R. Drum, H. W. Edmonds, H. L. Fentress, E. L. French, E. S. Gray, T. V. Griswold, C. O. Hanes, J. W. Harris, H. B. Heath, R. D. Henderson, C. M. King, Dr. P. M. King, J. W. Kuykendal, J. H. Marion, T. R. McKay, W. H. McKay, W. J. Merrell, W. F. Mingo, C. G. Montgomery, J. M. Osborne, J. E. Purser, T. P. Saunders, T. M. Seal, D. S. Sikes, David Shaw, L. C. Torrence, J. R. Van Ness, C. A. Vaughn, C. W. Walker, J. E. Walker, J. P. Watkins, A. C. Welling, G. H. Wilder, S. M. Willis, L. H. Wray, E. C. Yarbrough, all of Charlotte; S. M. Baggett, Pineville; T. L. Crowell, Monroe; Dr. R. E. Lee, Lincolnton; Harry Page, Lincolnton; J. W. Summerlin, Rock Hill, S. C.; A. F. Tiddy, Monroe; S. M. R. Wallace, Matthews; Rev. E. E. Williamson, Mount Holly; F. M. McDougall, Gastonia.


The names of the nine camps of Spanish American war veterans in North Carolina, together with the names of the commanders and adjutants of each camp, are as follows: Asheville camp No. 5 Asheville; J. Claude Cauble, commander; Frank Turner, adjutant. Junius T. Garner camp No. 10, Shelby; James F. Jenkins, commander; Reuben E. Campbell, adjutant. Dan Grier camp No. 4, Gastonia; J. E. C. Ford, commander; Wade B. Roddey, adjutant. Chase Adams camp No. 1, Charlotte; John R. Purser, commander; E. C. Yarbrough, adjutant. Percy Gray camp No. 6, Greensboro; W. E. Garrett, commander; John S. Cator, adjutant. Joe Armfield Camp No 3. Durham; Col. J. C. Mitchie, commander; Robert P. Hackney, adjutant. Worthy Bagley camp No.2, Raleigh; R. M. Parrott, commander; H. E. Billings, adjutant. John W. Cotton camp No. 9, Rocky Mount; James W. Roberts, commander. Wilmington camp No. 8, Wilmington; J. S. Lane, commander; D. D. Barber, adjutant.