1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

 

22nd Infantry Memorabilia

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Left: Cap plate for a shako
worn by a Soldier
of the 22nd Infantry Regiment.

At the top is the inscription:

At the bottom is the inscription:

This cap plate was found
buried in the ground
by using a metal detector
in the Sacket's Harbor
area of New York State by
Robert Chapman,
who graciously shared
photos of it with this website.

Above:

A US enlisted man
wears the style of
cap plate shown at left
on his model 1812 shako.

The plates were made of
cheap metal and finished
in a silver color.

The cap plate found at
Sacket's harbor has lost its
silver color due to being in
the ground for nearly 200 years.

 

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Model 1872 forage cap for Company H 22nd Infantry
The insignia is very unusual, with the Company letter
being applied behind the crossed muskets.

 

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22nd Infantry Officer's dress shoulder epaullettes, worn from 1866-1872.
The Regiment's number is embroidered on an Infantry Branch blue colored velvet disc.
Sadly, the rank is missing from these examples. It would have been placed between the
Regimental number and the button at the collar end of the epaullette.

 

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Shard from a plate or saucer from Company B 22nd Infantry.
This example was sold on ebay, and comes from the Kiah Buckner Museum in Hardin Montana.
The 22nd Infantry was in the Hardin area of Montana during the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition
led by Colonel David Sloane Stanley of the 22nd.

 

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Target record book for
rifle qualification belonging to
Private George W. Cottrell of
Company D 22nd Infantry

March, 1880

Target record book for rifle qualification belonging to
Private George W. Cottrell of Company D 22nd Infantry, March 1880
Left page is his score at 200 yards, right page for 300 yards.
As noted by the weight of the bullet indicated (405 grains),
Cottrell was firing the "trapdoor Springfield" rifle in 45-70 caliber.

 

 

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Model 1881 Foot Officers Dress Helmet for 22nd Infantry
Worn with the full dress uniform,this "European" style helmet
was introduced in 1872, and with modifications,
was worn with the dress uniform for about 35 years.
This example has the model 1881 eagle helmet plate.

 

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Model 1881 Mounted Infantry Officers Dress Helmet for the 22nd Infantry
The number "22" is made of German silver and individually affixed to the helmet plate.

 

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Helmet plate for 22nd Infantry Regiment Foot Officer's helmet
1881 - 1904

 

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Pocket knife of B.F. Hays of Company G 22nd Infantry

Benjamin F. Hays was born in Saltillo, Indiana in 1871. He enlisted as a Private for a period of three years
in Company G 22nd Infantry on June 2, 1898 at Fort Crook, Nebraska. His enlistment record indicated he stood
5 feet 8 inches tall, had light brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. His previous occupation was listed as
Farmer. He was assigned to his Company on September 9, 1898 at Camp Wikoff, New York. Hays served with
the 22nd Infantry in the Philippines and was discharged on June 28, 1901 at the Presidio of San Francisco,
California with the rank of Corporal and a character reference of Excellent.

 

Pocket knife of B.F. Hays of Company G 22nd Infantry

 

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Fifteen cent token from the
22nd Infantry Officers Club
from Fort Keogh, most likely 1888-1896

From the Token Store website

 

 

 

 

Two cent billiard token
for Company B 22nd Infantry
from Fort Keogh, Montana

Most likely from 1888-1896

 

 

 

Two and one half cent token from
Company C 22nd Infantry
date unknown

 

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Model 1898 haversack for Company M 22nd Infantry with initials “JWG”
and name “GLASS” marked on reverse. Used by Private John W. Glass.

John W. Glass was born in New York City, New York in July 1879. He enlisted as a Private for a period of
three years in the U.S. Army on February 20, 1902 at Portland, Maine. He stood 5 feet 8 inches tall,
had light brown hair, blue eyes and a dark complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Fireman.

John W. Glass was assigned as a Private to Company M 22nd Infantry and joined the Company at Fort Crook,
Nebraska on March 22, 1902 as one of 330 Privates assigned to the Regiment between March 12 and March 26, 1902.

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Pin for 22nd Infantry, Spanish-American War era.
This may have been affixed to the detachable white shoulder strap of the 1899 Enlisted Uniform,
or it might be an early example of a "sweetheart pin".

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The following images are of a Soldier's Handbook, the version printed in 1898,
issued to Charles D. Rueger of Company L 22nd Infantry.

Charles D. Rueger enlisted in Company L 22nd Infantry on December 21, 1898
at Fort Crook, Nebraska.

 



 

     

Front page (left) and contents (right) of the handbook

 

Clothing account of Charles D. Rueger. Company L did not exist in the Regiment until late 1898,
when, upon receipt of orders for deployment to the Philippines, Companies L and M were formed.
Rueger's initial issue of clothing can be seen started on the left page and continuing over to the right.
On January 9, 1899, at Fort Crook, Nebraska, Rueger was given his clothing issue, just 18 days
before the Regiment left Ft. Crook for San Francisco to board the transports to the Philippines.
The next entry on the right page is March 23, 1899, approximately two weeks after Rueger landed
in the Philippines, and the entries on this page continue through the last day of the year.

 

 

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Souvenir "ladder" badge
for Philippine service 1899.

This example is marked for
Company I 22nd Infantry

 

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Left:

Model 1902 Enlisted dress cap
for Company A 22nd Infantry

Above:

Closeup of cap insignia

 

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The following letter was written by James R. Goodale, a 1st Lieutenant in Company H 22nd Infantry,
to Colonel William Cary Sanger, the Assistant Secretary of War, whose office was in Washington D.C.
Goodale had sent Sanger a fighting knife captured in the Phillipines by the 22nd Infantry, and the letter relates
the origin of the knife. The knife was a Visayan Bolo, also called a Telebong, and came from Igbaras, Province of Iloilo,
Panay, Phillipine Islands. The letter was sent from Fort Crook, Nebraska, and is dated January 18, 1903.
The letterhead is an interesting example of an attempt to create a coat-of-arms for the 22nd Infantry. The official
coat-of-arms and Distinctive Insignia were not created and authorized by the Department of the Army until 1923.

Detail of the letterhead. The significance of the winged shoe is unknown.
Extremely fascinating is the revelation that the motto "Deeds Not Words" was used,
twenty years before it was officially authorized for the 22nd by the Department of the Army.

 

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Twenty-five cent token for the 22nd Infantry
found in the Columbus area of New Mexico

The Regiment was stationed along
the Mexican border 1910-1917

Interesting and early use
of the Regimental motto
"Deeds Not Words".

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The following identification discs, more commonly called "dog tags"
were in use from approximately 1898 into the 1930's.

 

Private John E Nelson Company G 22 Infantry

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Private Wesley Arnold Company E 22nd Infantry

 

 

Private Frank King Company H 22nd Infantry

 

 

Corporal Frank Beaver Company K 22nd Infantry

 

 

Sergeant Louis Laeger Company F 22nd Infantry

 

 

1st Lieutenant William W. Burke Company F 22nd Infantry

 

 

Front and back views of dog tag for
Jack Gross 22nd Infantry (rank and Company unknown)
and marked for Fort McClellan, Alabama
The Regiment had detachments at Fort (Camp) McClellan
from as early as 1922 and into 1940.

 

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