Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Neenah-Menasha military history 1898-1955, pp. 368-372 PDF (1.4 MB)
NEENAH-MENASHA MILITARY HISTORY i_898-1955 THE close of the Civil War brought a period of thirty years free of the threat of war, and the Twin Cities enjoyed it along with the rest of the nation. However, the sinking of the battleship, Maine, in the harbor at Havana on February 15, 1898, ended this era of peace, and marked the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Neenah and Menasha had no units engaged in this war. Evidently only seven or eight Twin City men served in the Armed Forces during S. A. Cook armory, headquarters for Company I. this war, but there are no formal records available and memory has dimmed in recollection, even among three of this number who are alive today. These three are Col. J. B. Schneller, Bart Homan and Thomas F. Thomsen. Two of the others, now dead, were Clifford Lansing and Hans Lauritzen. The first organized military unit in the Twin Cities following the Civil War was formally organized in 1899, with J. B. Schneller as Captain. Three years later, in 1902, this unit became a part of the Wisconsin National Guard and was designated as Company I in the old "First Wisconsin" infantry regiment. It was the predecessor unit
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