Item #7976 [Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs. Capt. Charles P. Staubach, photog.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.
[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.

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Staubach, Capt. Charles P., photog.

[Spanish-American War era photo album with interesting military camp content.] Binder No. 2. Personal Photographs.

Camp Thomas, Chickamauga National Military Park, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Tarrytown, New York; Manhattan, New York; and other locales, 1898. 4to (11.5” x 9.75”), full black cloth ring-binder. Typescript title leaf, 436 silver bromide prints (most approx. 4” x 3.5”) mounted on 48 black paper leaves. “1898” in white ink at head of spine. 1 p. index. Photos numbered and captioned in white ink. CONDITION: Overall very good, index detached from binder, moderate damage to several images, discoloration to a handful of photos.

An extensive portrait of New York’s 8th Infantry Regiment while stationed at Camp Thomas in Chickamauga National Military Park, Georgia during the Spanish-American War, including many lively scenes, as recorded by well-connected officer Captain Charles P. Staubach.

The 8th was one of twelve New York National Guard infantry regiments federalized for service in the Spanish-American War (April–August 1898). Reorganized into twelve-companies (all from New York City), the 8th was mustered into service for the war on 3 May 1898 at Camp Townsend, New York and ordered to depart on 23 May 1898, after almost three weeks of drilling and instruction. The regiment traveled by train to Camp George H. Thomas, arriving on the 25th, and was assigned to the Third Brigade, First Division, Third Army Corp. The 8th remained in camp during June and July, receiving 337 new recruits during its stay, and left Camp Thomas on 5 Sept. 1898, returning to New York. It was mustered out on 3 Nov. 1898, having remained stateside throughout the war.

The photos taken at Camp Thomas show Staubach in uniform as Acting Major; officers of the 8th receiving colors from Gen. F. D. Grant; officers headquarters, offices, and tents; several scenes of a group of Black laundresses seeking work (“got any washin’?”); mule teams; a Black kitchen staff member; a Black woman named Nancy (identified as “a typical camp huckster”); soldiers in line for signing the payroll and for mess; prisoners at work; Capt. Donnelly “holding non-commissioned officers school”; meal scenes; “Camp Thomas mascots” (i.e., dogs); baseball games (which African Americans participated in); musicians of the Guard including a shot of its band-leader; drilling troops and artillery; receiving new troops; individual members of Staubach’s Company L; a calvary camp; Montana Troupers; individual portraits of officers and noncommissioned officers; Assistant Surgeon Mrs. Haubold, and the vaccination of soldiers.

A number of images document Staubach’s visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee while off-duty, showing the city, various monuments, Chattanooga Creek, and a National Cemetery (encompassing 13,000 soldier’s graves). Other Chattanooga subjects pictured include Civil War sites such as Gen. Bragg’s Headquarters in 1863 at Missionary Ridge; Orchard Knob (Ulysses S. Grant’s Headquarters in 1863); Lookout Mountain (“where Union colors were planted Nov. 24 1863”), and Roper’s Rock (“Where Union soldiers scaled the mountain,” and “the clearing[?] scene of Hooker’s Battle Above the Clouds”). Also included are shots of a woman identified as Miss Ford in a horse-drawn carriage atop Lookout Mountain, as well as a “balloon collapse” at Lookout Mountain. 

On a ten-day furlough, Staubach visits Tarrytown, New York and documents sites of historical importance. In August 1898 he records the birth of their son Arnold Staubach and the house where he was born. Photos picture his wife and their newly-born child and a Black maid. He visits his father Baldwin Staubach’s home in Pocantico Hills, NY, where he and his sister Lil play croquet. In August 1898, he notes “return[ing] to New York at the end of the war with Spain.” A number of shots show U.S. Navy battleships such as the Brooklyn, Iowa, Texas, New York, all in the Hudson River shortly after the war. One image is a close-up shot of a Spanish mine. Rounding out the album are shots taken in New York’s Central Park, Tarrytown, New York, and Brooklyn. The album ends on a jubilant note: “The war over and a reunited family” and includes images of Staubach, his wife, and their four-month old child in Manhattan. A note at the end lists key “events of 1898.”  

Born in Fishkill, New York, Charles P. Staubach (1870–1966) moved with his family to New York City in 1880 where he worked in his German emigrant father Baldwin Staubach’s successful iron foundry and machine shop business until it was liquidated in 1884. After graduating from City College in 1887, Staubach served as an officer in the 8th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard during the Spanish-American War. An avid cyclist and leader in the early days of organized bicycling, Staubach was a founder and first president of the Century Road Club Association, a bicycle racing club based in New York City. He worked as a general sales manager for the Burroughs Corporation from 1906 until his retirement in 1929, serving branch offices in Hartford, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey. Staubach married Edith Arnold (1871–1945) in 1897 and the couple had three sons and one daughter. In 1930, the couple undertook a world cruise. In 1965 he was nominated to the American Bicycle Hall of Fame. He died in 1966 at the age of 95. 

REFERENCES: Charles P. Staubach Family History Notebooks 1769-1977 at New York Public Library online; Charles P. Staubach World Cruise Collection at University of Pennsylvania online.

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Price: $1,500.00

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