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Albert L. Davis Collection

Identifier: BC151


Collected newspaper and journal articles about the Spanish American War and the 3rd Illinois Infantry in which his son Clarence O. Davis, chief trumpeter, served in the Puerto Rican campaign. Albert was an undertaker in business with S.S. Christiansen in Joliet, Illinois. Albert was a photographer in Joliet after the war and eventually moved to Dublin, Indiana. The 3rd Illinois Infantry, under the leadership of Col. Fred Bennitt, arrived at Arroyo, Puerto Rico and joined the battle that eventually captured the city in July 1898. The 3rd Infantry originally had 1301 men, but at the end of the war only 780 remained. Thirty had died of typhoid fever or other illness and the rest had been too sick to continue in service. Clarence suffered from diarrhea and was hospitalized when he returned to New York at the end of the war, but recovered quite quickly and returned to Joliet.

Articles, several letters, and a roll book documenting the Spanish-American War from the sinking of the Maine until the end. Articles are pasted into scrapbooks. The articles discuss the officers, many about Colonel Bennitt, the action, the country, people and culture of Puerto Rica, the problem with malaria and typhoid fever and the troops returning to the United States. Many letters from the soldiers, including one from Clarence discussing Arroyo, were published in the newspapers. There are two letters from Clarence to his parents while he is hospitalized in New York. The roll book lists all of the musicians in the 3rd Illinois Infantry and their schedule of activity, along with some notes and addresses.


  • 1898 - 1899


.42 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

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