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U.S. troops landing at Daiquirí, Cuba

SUMMARY From Edison films catalog: First U.S. Troops to land, June 22, 1898. Transports in the distance. Soldiers clamber up from boats on the long railroad pier and come forward. From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: These are the first U.S. troops to land on Cuban soil, June 22, 1898. The picture shows a long perspective view of the pier at Baiquiri [sic], the point chosen so strategically for the landing of General Shafter's army. At the end of the wharf are the coal dumps and ore elevators used by the mining company operating the famous iron mines at Juragua, five miles away. On the right of the picture is seen the stern of a huge transport as she rides at anchor, and in the distance, stretching far out to the horizon, are other vessels of the fleet. (C. Musser, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 450) From the Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection catalog, p. 162: U.S. troops in lifeboats are landing at a wooden pier in Daiquiri, Cuba; the men are part of Gen. William R. Shafter's expeditionary force sent to fight in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in June, 1898. The men alight from boats as earlier arrivals walk along the dock toward the camera; the soldiers are equipped with blanket rolls, haversacks, and rifles. One of the transport ships is visible in the background next to a high metal pier. Daiquiri was recommended to General Shafter as a landing site by Gen. Calixto Garcia because of the two piers built by an American mining company and the availability of fresh water. The actual landing proved to be disordered, but was fortunately unopposed by Spanish troops. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 5Aug1898; 46690. 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): Umtaufen. Filmed ca. June 22-26, 1898, at Daiquir?, 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. 9 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 33 [MI]. SUBJECTS Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba. Landing operations. Transports--Cuba. Soldiers--Cuba. United States.--Army--Transportation. Transportation, Military--Cuba. Ships--Cuba. Boats--Cuba. Piers--Cuba. Iron mines and mining--Cuba--Equipment and supplies. 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) MEDIUM 1 reel of 1 (ca. 49 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. 1 roll (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. CALL NUMBER FEA 7621 (ref print) LC 499 (paper pos) REPOSITORY Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA DIGITAL ID sawmp 0499 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0499
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