Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential
160th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Spanish American War Photographs
Scope and Content
The photographs were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Mr. and Mrs. David Crawford in 2008.
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.
160th IVI loading on to the SS Saratoga at Charleston, South Carolina January
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