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Roster and Record
Iowa Soldiers
Vol. 6 - Miscellaneous


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Historical Sketch

Company M, Seventh U. S. Volunteer Infantry

The records in the office of the Adjutant General of Iowa show that on June 28, 1898, Amos W. Brandt was commissioned Captain, and authorized to organize a company of Colored Immunes.  The company was organized and left Des Moines July 17, 1898,for Jefferson Barracks, Mo., at which place it was mustered into the service of the United States as Company M, Seventh United States Volunteer Infantry Immunes, Colonel Edwin A. Godwin, commanding.  The regiment remained at Jefferson Barracks until September 18, 1898, on which date it was ordered to proceed by rail to Lexington, Ky., where it arrived September 21, 1898.  Its duties at the latter place were of the same general character as those it had performed at Jefferson Barracks, and consisted mainly of the monotonous routine of the camp and garrison, relieved occasionally by brigade and division drills and reviews.  During its stay at Lexington, the regiment---with the other troops stationed there---passed in review before the Secretary of War, Company M having the honor to act as the color company of its regiment on that occasion.  Governor Bradley, of Kentucky, subsequently reviewed the troops at Lexington.

The regiment left Lexington November 21, 1898, and was conveyed by rail to Macon, Ga., where it was assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps.  The Second Brigade was constituted as follows:  The Seventh United States Volunteer Immunes, the Tenth United States Volunteer Immunes, the Third North Carolina Volunteer Infantry, and the Sixth Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  All these regiments were composed of colored men, except officers, and, in the case of the Seventh Infantry, the field and staff officers and captains of that regiment were white men, while the lieutenants were all colored.  The Second Army Corps was under orders to proceed to Matanzas, Cuba, but the order was countermanded on account of the close of the war.  During its stay at Macon, the regiment, with the other troops of the corps, passed in review before President McKinley.

On the 28th day of February, 1899, the regiment was mustered out of the service of the United States at Macon, Ga.  The officers and men of Company M returned to Des Moines, bringing with them the flag which had been presented to the company---at the time of its organization---by Hon. Isaac Brandt, father of Captain Amos W. Brandt.  The Captain commends the conduct of his company during its term of service, and especially mentions the faithful and capable manner in which his Lieutenants---Edward G. McAfee and Robert A. Wilburn---discharged the duties of their respective offices.  Captain Brandt was subsequently commissioned (July 5, 1899,) as Captain of Company F, Thirty-second United States Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment in the Philippine Islands until the close of hostilities.  The following testimonial is selected by the compiler, from several others of a similar character, as evidence of the gallant manner in which the Captain performed his duty:

Headquarters Thirty-Second Infantry U. S. Vols.
Balanga, P. I., May 29, 1900 

Captain Amos W. Brandt,
     Commanding Company F, Abucay, P. I.

Sir:  I am directed by the Colonel to extend congratulations to you, to Lieutenant Frank Werner, and to the enlisted men of your company, referring to the very gallant and successful engagement with the Insurgents on the early morning of the 25th instant, by which they were repulsed with a sever loss, and driven away after an attempted attack on the town of Abucay.

It is very gratifying to him to read in your report that "many deeds of merit were done by non-commissioned officers and privates, and that to mention one of the many above another would be an injustice to all."  Please publish this letter to your company, and furnish Lieutenant Werner with a copy for his private file.

Very respectfully,             
Henry M. Morrow,
First Lieutenant and Acting Adjutant,
Thirty-Second Infantry U. S. V.

It will thus be seen that this typical Iowa soldier nobly sustained the honor of his State, in the service he rendered during the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars.



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