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  • Film, Video

    General Wheeler and Secretary Alger

    "This picture was taken in front of Gen. Wheeler's headquarters at Camp Wikoff during Gen. Alger's tour of inspection of the camp. The two distinguished military men are seen overlooking the immense camp ground, and then turning and walking toward the camera. The negative is very fine photographically, and the portraiture unexcelled"--Biograph picture catalogue.

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope Company - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Wheeler, Joseph - Alger, R. A. (russell Alexander)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Wreck of the "Vizcaya" /

    Spanish armored cruiser Vizcaya was destroyed by the U.S. Navy on July 4, 1898, while trying to escape a blockade of Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. "This is a wonderfully impressive picture, taken on the morning after the battle in which the Spanish navy was destroyed. This battleship, once the "Pride of Spain," is shown a ruined hulk on the beach, ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Cuban ambush

    "From the upper windows of a ruined mill the Cubans fire at a scouting party of Spaniards, who return the volley. Fine smoke effects. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    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.

    • Contributor: Shafter, William Rufus - Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Wreck of the battleship "Maine" /

    "Taken in Havana Harbor from a moving launch, and shows the wreck of the "Maine" surrounded by wrecking boats and other vessels. The warped and twisted remains show how thoroughly this immense mass of iron and steel was blown out of all semblance of a vessel. The background of this picture is formed by the shores of Havana Harbor, and as the yacht moves ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Close view of the "Brooklyn," naval parade

    Commodore Winfield Scott Schley's flagship, "Brooklyn" is seen at close range, showing shot hole in the middle of funnel, near deck. She flies a frayed and tattered battle flag. The entire length of the ship is seen.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    U.S. battleship "Oregon" /

    "This picture of the pride of the United States Navy was made on the occasion of the Peace Jubilee in New York City, and was taken from a tug passing the warship on its way up the North River. The entire crew are on deck, and a beautiful view of this wonderful craft is afforded"--Biograph picture catalogue. Views on the starboard side of the ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress) - American Mutoscope Company
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    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 ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Military camp at Tampa, taken from train

    "A wide plain, dotted with tents, gleaming white in the bright sunshine. Soldiers moving about everywhere, at all sorts of duties. In the background looms up a big cigar factory; giving the prosaic touch to the picture needful to bring out in sharp contrast the patriotism with which the scene inspires us. The camera was on a rapidly moving train, so the panoramic view ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee /

    From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at Washington, in front of the Navy Department, and shows Secretary of the Navy Long and Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated "Maine" coming down the steps. As they reach the bottom a waiting attaché approaches the Secretary and hands him a letter. In the meantime Capt. Sigsbee and his friend walk toward the immediate foreground, in earnest ...

    • Contributor: Long, John Davis - Sigsbee, Charles D. (charles Dwight) - Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Wounded soldiers embarking in row boats

    "This picture was taken after the Battle of Las Guaymas [i.e., Las Guásimas], and shows a large number of wounded soldiers embarking in a rowboat from an extemporized dock, on their way to the hospital ship "Olivette." A high sea was rolling in at the time, which made embarkation exceedingly difficult, and the pitiful condition of the wounded soldiers under such conditions can readily ...

    • Contributor: Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope Company - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    "Vizcaya" under full headway

    "A splendid picture of the pride of the Spanish navy, taken on the occasion of her visit to New York Harbor, when her captain hinted at his ability to blow holes through New York's skyscrapers. In this picture the vessel makes a very beautiful appearance steaming out to sea under full headway. But what a contrast to a later Biograph picture when the vessel ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope Company - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    President Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

    From the Biograph picture catalogue: 29 feet. This picture shows Col. Roosevelt, accompanied by Lieut. Greenway and other prominent officers of the Rough Riders, galloping up to his headquarters, where he dismounts and walks into his tent. This view was taken in the camp with the Rough Riders, and is an excellent picture of Col. Roosevelt in the environment he loves so well.

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope Company - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Roosevelt, Theodore - Greenway, John Campbell
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    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, ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Governor Roosevelt and staff /

    From the Biograph picture catalogue: 65 feet. Taken during the land parade in honor of Admiral Dewey, just before the turn into 72nd Street, with Grant's tomb and decorated residences in the background. This entire series of pictures [of the Dewey land parade] has a very high photographic quality, and the various organizations appear at their best.

    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    25th Infantry /

    From the Biograph picture catalogue: Gen. Frederick D. Grant and Gen. A.S. Burt [commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment] returning from Mt. Ariat [sic], at the head of the famous 25th Infantry, colored.

    • Contributor: Ackerman, Raymond - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    U.S. troops and Red Cross in the trenches before Caloocan /

    "Our troops have driven the Filipinos out of the trenches, and, after firing one or two volleys, press on in pursuit. The enemy returns the fire and the forward rush is marked by a trail of dead and wounded. Following close behind is the hospital corps. Stretchers are quickly brought out and the nurses tenderly care for the fallen and carry them to the ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - New Jersey. National Guard - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    An historic feat /

    From the Biograph picture catalogue: 54 feet. Gen. Franklin Bell's famous mule pack train swimming the Agno River in Northern Luzon. This is one of the most notable incidents of the Philippine War. The picture has made a decided sensation wherever it has been shown.

    • Contributor: Ackerman, Raymond - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Trained cavalry horses /

    From Edison films catalog: Shows the wonderful intelligence of these Troop F, 6th U.S. Cavalry, horses. At a command they lie down promptly, and at another order scramble to their feet. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Skirmish of Rough Riders

    "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 road, out of sight, ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - New Jersey. National Guard
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    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 ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - New Jersey. National Guard - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Troops making military road in front of Santiago /

    "Here is a detail of the 34th Michigan Regiment engaged in road making. Under command of Captain Dodd of Troop E, 3rd Regular Cavalry, they are road making, that the siege guns may go to the front. The chaparral and thick underbrush has been cleared away, and the soldiers are working with picks and shovels, to make the way passable"--The Phonoscope.

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle /

    From The Phonoscope, January 1899, p. 15: Down goes the Spanish flag, and up floats the Stars and Stripes. Down falls the symbol of tyranny and oppression that has ruled in the new world for four hundred years, and up goes the Banner of Freedom. In the distance are the turrets and battlements of Morro, the last foothold of Spain in America. (C. Musser, ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Vitagraph Company of America - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Morro Castle, Havana Harbor

    "A most excellent picture of the grim old fortress which stands at the entrance of Havana Harbor. The high ramparts and lofty battlements look very formidable. Parts of the stronghold date back to the seventeenth century. While the yacht from which the picture is taken sails around the promontory, an excellent view is afforded of the entire fortress. Waves are seen dashing up against ...

    • Contributor: Paley, William Daly - Decker, Karl C. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Observation train following parade /

    From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: There were two freight trains standing on the tracks between the river and the Riverside Park, and they furnished a perfect impromptu observation train service to the men and boys who clambered up on the cars to get a view of the [Sampson homecoming naval] parade. They saw the vessels go up and then waited for their ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898