Archival Collection #092 - F.W. Mohneke / Spanish-American War is a collection of the personal letters and sketches sent to Bertha White in Michigan by F. W. Mohneke while he was stationed in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. Mohneke’s handwritten letters are filled with sketches and drawings of the sights he saw during the course of his service in the Philippines. Also included is a silk handkerchief apparently acquired by Mohneke during his stay. The letters span the years 1898-1901.
F.W. Mohneke enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the Spanish-American War. For at least some of his stay in the military, he was stationed with K. Company, 6th Regiment, in Iloilo on Panay Island in the Philippines. In 1901 he appears to have been reassigned to M. Company, 6th Regiment.
The collection demonstrates the participation of a West Michigan man in an important international event. This collection will be invaluable for an exhibit planned for 1998 commemorating the Centennial of the Spanish-American War.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the finding aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.