Contributed by Wendie Thomas, great-granddaughter of Cpl. William Schmoker, Co. L
The following orders provide the plan of the day for the troops being transported aboard the RIO DE JANEIRO. This copy of the orders was found among the papers of Corporal William Schmoker of the 1st South Dakota Volunteer Infantry
HEADQUARTERS FIRST SOUTH DAKOTA
U. S. V.
Steamer "Rio de Janeiro"
at Sea, July 26, 1898
The following order of Service and Roll Calls will be observed until further orders.
Reveille 5.20. A. M.
Assembly (3 Bells) 5.30.
Breakfast (4 Bells) 6.00.
All bedding, including ticks, on deck immediately after breakfast for inspection.
Parade for inspection 8.30.
Drill call 9.30.
Between the hours of 9.30 and 11.30 A. M. companies will drill as follows:
Co. A, 9.30 (3 Bells) to 10. A. M.First Sergeant's Call 11.45
Co. M 10. (4 Bells) to 10.30 A. M.
Co. D 10.30 (5 Bells) to 11. A. M.
Co. E, 11.00 (6 Bells) to 11.30 A.M.
These companies will drill on the Hurricane Deck from the Pilot House forward.
Drill Call 1.25 P. M.
Between the hours of 1.30 and 4.30 P. M., companies will drill as
Co. G, 1.30 (3 Bells) to 2.00 P. M.Guard Mounting 5.00
Co. C, 2.00 (4 Bells) to 2.30 P. M.
Co. F, 2.30 (5 Bells) to 3.00 P. M.
Co. L, 3.00 (6 Bells) to 3.30 P. M.
Band and Signal corps, 3.30 (7 Bells) to 4.00 P. M.
Utah Light Artillery, 4.00 (8 Bells) to 4.30 P. M.
These companies will occupy the space on the Hurricane Deck from the Cabin aft.
Bathing privileges will be given the companies from 9.30 to 11.30 A. M. and from 2.30 to 5.30 P. M. companies will bathe at the hours designated below, beginning tomorrow:
Co. F, on alternate days from 9.30 to 10.30 A. M.By order of Colonel Frost.
Co. L on alternate days from 10.30 to 11.30 A. M.
The Band & Signal Corps will alternate at corresponding hours with Co. F.
The Utah Light Artillery will alternate at corresponding hours with Co. L.
Co. A, on alternate days from 2.30 to 3.30 P.M.
Co. M, on alternate days from 3.30 to 4.30 P. M.
Co. D on alternate days from 4.30 to 5.30 P. M.
Companies E, G, and C, will alternate at corresponding hours with Companies A, M and D respectively