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War of 1898
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 24° 33.159 W 081° 47.806
17R E 419308 N 2715647
Quick Description: This marker, sponsored by a Rough Riders reenactment group, is located on Truman Avenue near the intersection with Elizabeth Street, in Key West Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 3:03:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMGT8J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 16

Long Description:
On the grounds of the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of The Sea complex, this marker tells how the convent at that site was turned into a hospital for U.S. Army and Navy use during the Spanish-American War of 1898. The text of the maker reads:

War of 1898

On this site the Catholic Convent of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary was located.

In April of 1898 it was graciously offered and converted to a 400 bed United States Army Hospital for the treatment of soldiers and sailors, ill with dangerous tropical diseases or wounded in battle, during Cuba's War of Independence.

In spite of the great danger, the following Sisters of The Convent cared for the afflicted; Sister Superior M. Florentine, Sister Simon, Visitation, Damien, L'Evangelista, Thomas, Hormisdas, Laurentius, Marguerite de Cortona, Egidius, Berenice, Ambroise de Sienna, Antoine de Jesus, Dolores, Catherine de Palanza, L. Gabriel, Anthony, Maurice, Domitille, Gaspard, Ulderic, Tharslie and Silvestre.

Volunteer United States Army Nurses serving here were Margaret Shaffer, Alice Lyons, Agnes Lease, Jennie Sherrian, Anna Fox and Johnetta Sanger. U.S. Army Doctors were W. C. Borden, S. Armstrong, B. Baker, H. Jackson and D. Hall.

The first U.S. Army post combat use of the X-Ray (then called Rontgen Ray) to locate bullets or shrapnel in wounded soldiers was performed at this hospital. This avoided the painful, dangerous and sometimes fatal practice of probing wounds with steel instruments, virtually blind, for the foreign matter.

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Members of the following military units were treated here during the War of 1898.

REGULAR U.S. CAVALRY, THE 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th and 25th, THE 9th and 10th were composed of "BUFFALO SOLDIERS".

VOLUNTEER U.S. CAVALRY, THE 1st USVC REGIMENT "ROUGH RIDERS", commanded by COLONEL and later PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

U.S. ARTILLERY, THE 2nd, 4th and 5th

REGULAR U.S. INFANTRY, THE 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th 13th, 16th 17th 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

VOLUNTEER U.S. INFANTRY, THE 2nd and 71st New York

HOSPITAL CORPS, THE 17th

REGULAR U.S. NAVY, Shipmates of the following U.S. VESSELS; USS MACHIAS, MANGROVE, WILMINGTON, FERN, and THE USS NEWARK

This marker designed and funded by the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders", inc. of Tampa, Florida, permitted by Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, AD 2011.
Marker Number: N/A

Date: 2011

County: Monroe

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders", inc. of Tampa, Florida

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