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  • Transport "Whitney" leaving dock /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: This boat was the first one to leave for the South with troops. On board is a battalion of the 5th U.S. Infantry. She is a sidewheeler, and the churn of her wide paddles makes the white foam seethe and boil as she backs out of the dock. The constant seesaw of the walking beam on the upper ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Trick bears /

    77519 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519. Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 526; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Blanket-tossing a new recruit /

    "Company F, 1st Ohio Volunteers, initiating a new man. Nineteen times he bounces in the blanket, and each toss is funnier than the last one. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Colored troops disembarking /

    "The steamer "Mascotte" has reached her dock at Port Tampa, and the 2d Battalion of Colored Infantry is going ashore. Tide is very high, and the gang plank is extra steep; and it is laughable to see the extreme caution displayed by the soldiers clambering down. The commanding officer struts on the wharf, urging them to hurry. Two boat stewards in glistening white duck ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • U.S. cavalry supplies unloading at Tampa, Florida /

    "Here is a freight train of thirty cars loaded with baggage and ambulance supplies for the 9th U.S. Cavalry. In the foreground a score of troopers are pulling, lifting and hauling an ambulance from a flat car. It slides down the inclined planks with a sudden rush that makes the men "hustle" to keep it from falling off. Drill engine on the next track ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • U.S. Infantry supported by Rough Riders at El Caney /

    From Edison films catalog: Up the road comes a detachment of infantry, firing, advancing, kneeling and firing, again and again. The advance of the foot soldiers is followed by a troop of Rough Riders, riding like demons, yelling and firing revolvers as they pass out of sight. Other troops follow in quick succession, pressing on to front. 100 feet. $15.00

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • 10th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Battalion, leaving cars /

    "American infantry troops dressed in field uniforms of the Spanish-American War can be seen close to the foreground of the camera position. Three companies of men, in columns of fours, march by the camera. In the background are railroad passengers, indicating the film was photographed on a rail siding area." -- Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Cuban refugees waiting for rations /

    "A group of escaped reconcentrados, saved from the fate of starvation imposed by the Butcher, Weyler. They stand in line waiting, each man with his tin dish and cup. One expects to see just such men as these, after the centuries of Spanish oppression and tyranny. As they come forward, their walk, even, is listless and lifeless. The picture affords an exceedingly interesting racial ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • 9th Infantry boys' morning wash /

    "Imagine forty or fifty soldier boys each with a pail of water on the ground before him, sousing and spattering and scrubbing away for dear life. Soap and towels too. Every man jack of them looks as if he were enjoying the wash immensely, and also the novelty of having his picture taken. The big fellow in the center of the picture is laughing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Skirmish of Rough Riders /

    From Edison films catalog: Shielded by a thick bit of timber at a turn of the road stands a company of mounted men, awaiting the order to advance. In the foreground, left as the flotsam of battle, is a dead horse from the shelter of which two marksmen are picking off the enemy. Suddenly comes the command, "Forward," and the riders dash up the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Capture of Boer battery /

    From New York clipper: By the Gordon Highlanders. In the foreground are two Creusot guns, manned by the Dutch burghers. Smoke effects are due. The Highlanders are seen in the distance, approaching rapidly, easily distinguished by their kilts and bare legs. They sweep all before them, leaving the guns smoking and deserted as they pursue the flying Boers.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Boers bringing in British prisoners /

    From Edison films catalog: Here we have a mixed Company of Gordon Highlanders, Irish Fusilliers and English Lancers, as a group of prisoners taken to the rear by a troop of Boer Cavalry. The expression of their faces show who is the victor, and who the vanquished. You can read in the dust and smoke-begrimed countenances of the prisoners, the story of their stubborn ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Love and war /

    "An illustrated song telling the story of a hero who leaves for the war as a private, is promoted to the rank of captain for bravery in service, meets the girl of his choice, who is a Red Cross nurse on the field, and finally returns home triumphantly as an officer to the father and mother to whom he bade good bye as a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Advance of Kansas Volunteers at Caloocan /

    "From the thick underbrush where the Filipinos are massed comes volley after volley. They are making one of those determined stands that marks Caloocan as the bloodiest battle of the Filipino rebellion. Suddenly, with impetuous rush, Funston's men appear. They pause but for a moment, to fire, reload and fire. The color bearer falls, but the standard is caught up by brave Sergeant Squires ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Fun in camp /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing a group of soldiers and Red Cross nurses being amused by a number of small children who are riding upon the backs of trick bears. A remarkably fine picture, with U.S. Infantry camp in the background. 30 feet. $4.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Major General Shafter /

    From Edison films catalog: The commander of the 5th Army Corps rides forward with a party of officers. He wears a white helmet, a broad expanse of shirt bosom and a general air of avoirdupois. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Capture of Boer battery by British /

    From Edison films catalog: Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Astor Battery on parade /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: As they appeared in New York on Saturday, January 21 [sic], 1899, on their return from active service in the Philippines. The picture is taken as they cross Broadway, Union Square, north. First come the mounted police, proud and prancing, then the band, then the famous Astor Battery, marching twenty-four abreast. As the second file approaches, the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba /

    "These are the first U.S. troops to land on Cuban soil, June 22, 1898. The picture shows a long perspective view of the pier at Baiquiri [sic], the point chosen so strategically for the landing of General Shafter's army. At the end of the wharf are the coal dumps and ore elevators used by the mining company operating the famous iron mines at Juragua, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Troops embarking at San Francisco /

    This film shows troops of the First Regiment, California Volunteers, boarding the Pacific Mail steamer City of Peking to serve in the Philippine theater of the Spanish-American War. The film was shot at the Pacific Mail Steamship Company dock between 10:50am and 1:50pm on Friday, May 13, 1898. The dock was located at First Street between Brannan and Townsend streets, and is now a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Filipinos retreat from trenches /

    "An incident of the Battle of the Trenches at Candabar [sic]. The enemy threw up a high earth embankment during the night, and are defending it with great stubbornness. The pits are crowded with Filipinos, who fire volley after volley. The artillery of the Americans plays havoc with their ranks and they fall back, leaving many dead. Their retreat is hotly covered by a ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • Army pack train bringing supplies. /

    This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba /

    "A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass"--Edison films catalog. About 12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the Spanish-American War. A group of mules loaded with boxes of ammunition is being driven along a trail, probably ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • President McKinley reviewing the troops at the Pan-American Exposition /

    "The President is seen on the reviewing stand at the Stadium, escorted by President Milburn, of the Pan-American Exposition, Secretary Cortelyou, and other noted persons. He removes his silk hat as the troops march by and politely bows to the great audience as they cheer and encore. President McKinley and party form the left foreground of our picture while the troops march by in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901