A Brief History of the 1st United States Volunteer Infantry

By Patrick McSherry


The 1st United States Volunteer Infantry was raised during the Spanish American War, but the unit did not see service outside of the continental United States during the war.

The History:

The 1st United States Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service between May 25 and June 4, 1898 at Galveston, Texas. The unit initially consisted of 46 officers and 971 enlsited men. By the time of their muster out on June 22, 1899, also at Galveston, Texas, the unit had decreased in size, having only 956 enlisted men. During its service, the 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry did not serve outside of the continental United States.

During its period of service, the unit had lost one of its officers and two enlisted men killed in accidents, three enlisted men to disease, one enlisted man murdered, and sixteen enlisted men deserted.

This is a view of Norman B. Perry of the 1st United States Volunteer Infantry.


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Arnett, Nancy, image of Norman Perry.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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