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Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba

SUMMARY From Edison films catalog: A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass. From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: The narrow trail shown in this picture leads from Baiquiri [sic] westward to Sibony, thence northward to Santiago. It will be seen it is hardly more than a woodpath. At first it was overgrown with brush and shut in close by chaparral, but the passage of thousands of soldiers has broadened it considerably. A great bunch of pack mules swings into vision. The advance scout or guide is evidently a Cuban, and he approaches rapidly followed by the train. It is a fine sight. (C. Musser, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 454) From the Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection catalog, p. 50: About 12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the Spanish-American War. A group of mules loaded with boxes of ammunition is being driven along a trail, probably near Santiago, Cuba. Some of the men may be civilian mule skinners hired by the Army to handle the pack mules. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 5Aug1898; 46693. Original main title lacking. Camera, William Paley. Materials listed originate from the print chosen best copy for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Edison code name (for telegraphic orders): Umthum. Filmed ca. June or July 1898, probably near Daiquir? or Santiago, Cuba. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 94, March 1900, p. 10 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 33 [MI]. SUBJECTS Mules--Cuba. Pack animals (Transportation)--Cuba. Ammunition--Transportation--Cuba. United States.--Army--Transportation--Equipment and supplies. Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba. Soldiers--Cuba. Muleteers--Cuba. Transportation, Military--Cuba. Animals--War use. Actuality--Short. War (Nonfiction)--Short. RELATED NAMES Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FEA 7324 (ref print) LC 323 (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 0323 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0323
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