A Brief history of the 1st Territorial Volunteer Infantry

by  Patrick McSherry  
Officers of the qst Territorial Volunteer Infamtry on the Target Range
"Officers of 1st Territorial Regiment at Rifle Range, Camp Churchman. Albany (Ga.)"
(Photo courtesy of the Springfield-Greene County (Mo.) Library Local History & Genealogy Department)
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The following is a brief history of the 1st territorial Volunteer Infantry. The unit did not see service outside of the continental U.S.

Unit History:

The unit was formed from volunteers from Arizona, Oklahoma, Indian Territory and New Mexico, and was therefore called the 1st Territorial Volunteer Infantry. The 1st Territorial regiment was mustered into the Federal service between July 4 and July 23, 1898, which was rather late in the conflict. The fighting would actually end less than a month later with an armistice on August 13, 1898, though the war would officially continue until December 10, 1898. The unit contained 50 officers and 1265 men.

The regiment was sent east, and by October of 1898 was stationed at Lexington, Kentucky and was assigned to the military department entitled the "Department of the Lakes."

Between February 11 and February 15, 1899, the unit was mustered out at Albany, Georgia. During its term of service, it had 6 men die of disease, and 29 men desert.


Clerk of Joint Comittee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899). Vol. 3, p 494.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with
Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

Wilkinson, Todd, Springfield-Greene County (Mo.) Library Local History & Genealogy Department

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