General Orders Thanking the 1st South Dakota Volunteer Infantry

For its Service

Contributed by Wendie Thomas,  great-granddaughter of Cpl. William Schmoker, Co. L
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The following are the general orders from Colonel A. S. Frost, commanding the 1st South Dakota Volunteer Infantry, officially thanking  to the men of his command. This copy was found in the personal papers of William C. Schmoker, corporal in the regiment's Company L.

The Orders:

Copy of General Orders No. 29
First South Dakota Infantry
U.S. Volunteers
Presidio of San Francisco, Cal.
General Orders
No. 29              October 4, 1899

Officers and Men of the first South Dakota Infantry

We are about to sever our relations as officers and men, commander and commanded, and I desire to thank you for the discipline valor, loyalty and endurance which won so many victories and withstood so many trials.

You have written a page in the history of your Country and State which will shine as long as soldierly qualities appeal to the hearts of men.  Your deeds, linked with the names of our heroic dead, can never be forgotten.  You
have been tried by the supreme test of manhood, and can face the future without fear.  Go to your homes, apply the same discipline and constancy, and win the victories of peace.

Signed A.S. Frost
Colonel First South Dakota Infantry
U.S. Volunteers.


Wendie Thomas,  great-granddaughter of Cpl. William Schmoker, Co. L., Found in the corporal's personal papers.

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