Spanish-American War Archive of Col. H.A. Leonhauser, 25th US Infantry
Lot includes 16 photographs of Harry A. Leonhauser, numerous newspaper clippings, 1 letter, and 2 miscellaneous documents.
Photographs range from 3.25 x 3.25 in. to 8 x 10 in., most mounted on heavy cardstock. The earliest photos include young Leonhauser at West Point, one with his class (with a line indicating himself) and one at the tender age of 17 with two other young men at their first camp. The lot also features studio portraits of Leonhauser taken over many years, one in Augusta, GA, and one in New York. There are at least 4 photographs of the unit in winter quarters in Augusta, GA in 1892, as well as a standing view of Leonhauser captioned "The Colonel" on the mount, which was taken at Camp MacKensie in Augusta in 1898-99. Accompanied by parade images and more.
Col. Leonhauser was a graduate of West Point. He served in the 15th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and as captain of the 25th US Infantry during the Spanish American War. In the Philippines, the 25th US Infantry captured the town of O'Donnell, an informant having led the unit to the rebels there (photograph of the informant included in archive). His attempt to rescue five US prisoners during the rebellion in the Philippines ended in the deaths of all five at Arayat. The archive features numerous newspaper clippings on Leonhauser in the Philippines including accounts of a mutiny among his unit and his vindication of responsibility for it. Included also is a photo of the ship, which carried them to the war.
The letter that accompanies the lot, dated July 6, 1899, is from a friend (fellow West Point graduate) and lawyer, A.S. Crossfield, informing him that the newspapers had finally published articles noting Leonhauser's exoneration on the charges noted above. One of the other documents is a copy of a letter from the War Department dated Sept. 7, 1918, taking Leonhauser out of retirement and assigning him to active duty as Students' Army Training Corps commander at the University of Vermont. The last document is a notice from an insurance company confirming that Leonhauser had changed his name legally to Harry A. Lee.
Most photos are in very good condition overall, but some have lightened, with some minor damage to cardstock mounts of some of the photos.