Gilded Age Collections

Collection ID: 487
Location: GA-PH-10

(Description ID: 595647)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential


 160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Spanish American War Photographs




Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content



The photographs were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Mr. and Mrs. David Crawford in 2008.

Biographical Sketch

After the sinking of the USS Maine in the harbor at Havana, Cuba February 15, 1898, President William McKinley began a buildup of U.S. armed forces.  Indiana Governor James A. Mount received orders for four infantry regiments and two light artillery batteries.  Citizens responded so quickly that Indiana was the first state to meet its full

quota of recruits. Four volunteer infantry regiments formed immediately: 157, 158, 159, and 160.  The state also formed the 27th and 28th Light Batteries, Company D of the Second U.S. Engineers, and the 14th Company of the U. S. Signal Corps.

The men who made up the 160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry were from southeastern Indiana: Marion, Decatur, Lafayette, Wabash, Bluffton, Ossian, Columbia City, Warsaw, Tipton, and Huntington. The Company was mustered in at Indianapolis May 12, 1898.  The 160th IVI was sent to Chickamauga Park, Georgia for training and then to Newport News, Virginia; Lexington, Kentucky; and finally to Charleston, South Carolina.  There the 160th boarded the SS Saratoga and set sail to Cuba.  The unit was based in Matanzas, Cuba. The 160th returned to Savannah, Georgia aboard the transport Thomas in March 1899.  The company was mustered out at Savannah April 25, 1899.

Scope and Content

The photos in this collection apparently belonged to Samuel Darmouth Sewall, a private in the 160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  The Marion, Indiana man enlisted at Indianapolis, Indiana, April 26, 1898, and was mustered out with the Company April 25, 1899 at Savannah, Georgia.

The albumen prints are approximately 6 ½ inches by 4 ¾ inches and mounted.  Eight of the photographs are of soldiers serving in the160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Twelve record scenes of Matanzas, Cuba.


Ac. 5687

20 items


 160th IVI loading on to the SS Saratoga at Charleston, South Carolina January   

 17, 1899

 Camp “emblem”

 Captain’s tent – Company A

 Dress parade – Company A (2)

 Troops loading on to a lighter at Matanzas

 Troops being ferried to the transport Thomas March 27, 1899

 Aboard the transport Thomas off Georgia


Cuban Volante [horse and carriage]

Cuban milk peddler

Pack mules in Matanzas

Hut on the outskirts of Matanzas

Bone pile in Christopher Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba

Street scene in Matanzas

Interior of church in Matanzas

Plaza in Matanzas

Bird’s eye view of Matanzas

Interior of cave at Matanzas (2)

Fort San Salv[indecipherable] in Matanzas