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II Memorial Museum
Military related issues, on the war and home fronts - years 1881 thru 1900
“From Iowa To The Philippines, A History of Company M,
Fifty-First Iowa Infantry Volunteers”
by Joseph I.
Markey, published by the Thomas D. Murphy Company,
Red Oak Iowa, 1900. An account of the experiences of soldiers in Company M
(Red Oak, Iowa), and Company B (Villisca, Iowa, and other communities),
during the American-Filipino Insurrection.
Click on the following link to access the 320 pp book online:
The photo above is likely related to Company M departing for Des Moines,
on 26 APR 1898, prior to service in the Philippines. Markey (see above)
writes on page 48: "At the depot an immense crowd had congregated.
There could not have been less than 4,000 and possibly 5,000 people
around the depot platform. The company marched upon the platform
and filed into their coach, not without great difficulty, as the crush of
friends trying to say a last good-by broke the line in many places.
Never before had such a demonstration been seen in Red Oak."
Company M, Fifty-First Iowa Infantry Volunteers,
prior to departure for the Philippines in NOV 1898.
Roster of Company M (.pdf)
American Troops on ramparts at Manila, Philippines,
during the Spanish-American War, 21 APR 1898 - 13 AUG 1898
Preparations for welcoming home to Red Oak, Iowa,
troops returning from the Philippines, 1899
Remember the Maine (8 pp, .pdf), sank on 15 FEB 1898, in Havana Harbor, Cuba.
Darwin Robert Merritt, native of Red Oak, Iowa, and graduate of Annapolis Naval
Academy, died in the explosion of the warship. Interred in Red Oak, Iowa.
U.S. Naval Academy Graduating 1895
Class Ring of
Darwin Robert Merritt. Recovered, along with Merritt
and other Heroes of the USS Maine, after fourteen years
at the bottom of Havana Harbor.
The ring is in the custody of the
U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD.
Martyr of the Maine (4 pp, .pdf) - Darwin Robert Merritt
Word over all, beautiful as the sky,
Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be
That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly
wash again, and ever again, this soil'd world;
For my enemy is dead, a man divine as myself is dead,
I look where he lies white-faced and still in the coffin -- I draw
Bend down and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the
---- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1891-92
The Restored Burlington Northern Depot
& WWII Memorial Museum