Image of the 1st Rhode Island U.S. Volunteer Infantry at Camp Fornance, South Carolina in February 1899 after a reported blizzard during the Spanish American War.
During the Spanish American War Rhode Island was directed to raise as its quota one regiment of infantry to serve for a period of two years unless sooner discharged. A camp of instruction was established at the State camp ground at Quonset Point in North Kingstown with newly enrolled recruits for the regiment arriving on May 2, 1898. Organization being complete the field & staff were mustered into US service on May 10, with non commissioned officers & privates following May 11 - 18, 1898. Under the Presidents second call for additional troops dated May 25, 1898, Rhode Island was also ordered to furnish two batteries of light artillery, which were completed and mustered into US service on June 28, 1898. Upon entering federal service the Rhode Island contingent was placed on inactive status with the First Rhode Island US Volunteer Infantry assigned to Camp Russell A. Alger, VA (May – July); Camp George Gordon Meade, PA (August – September) & Camp Fornance, Columbia, SC (November – March, 1899). The unit was formerly mustered out of service on March 13, 1899 & arrived in Rhode Island on April 1, 1898. Light Batteries A & B, Volunteer Artillery remained at Quonset Point during entire term and were mustered – out of US service October 26, 1898.
Office of the Adjutant GeneralSpanish American War - Enlistment / Medical Examination FormsSpanish American War - Compiled & Consolidated Service RecordsSpanish American War - Muster In / Out RollsSpanish American War - Morning Reports, Mobilization Camp, Quonset Point, RI