People of the Parks: Soldiers
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Major John T Quarles...Portraits, GOGA 33786. John H. Tarkington (left) and Daniel Lee Simpson (right)
Tennessee was the only Post-Reconstruction Southern state to raise volunteer regiments for service in the Spanish American War. The roster for the 1st Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment was finalized in June of 1898. Its members were told to wear their shabbiest clothes and board a train bound for San Francisco. Although these Tennesseans were scheduled to receive their uniforms in Nashville, they were never issued the promised attire and the men arrived in San Francisco wearing their worst.
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Davis Spanish American War...Photograph Collection, GOGA 36990
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Major James T. Quarles...Portraits, GOGA 33786
Soldiers - Panel (pdf 2.8 MB)
Did You Know?
Immediately after the San Francisco earthquake, on April 18, 1906, General Frederick Funston coordinated much of the emergency rescue and relief efforts directly out of his residence at Fort Mason.