Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC 348
Accession Number: 11-025
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 348
Creators: George B. Thompson
Title: George B. Thompson Spanish-American War Scrapbook
Dates: 1898-1987, bulk 1898-1899
Quantity: 1 linear foot (1 flat box)
Location of Collection: A3/1d
Languages: Collection materials are in English
Summary: This scrapbook documents the Spanish-American War service of George Bradford Thompson. Thompson served in Company E of the Third Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper and magazine clippings which detail Wisconsin soldiers throughout the war.
Biographical / Historical Note
George B. Thompson (1875-1946) served in Company E of the Third Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during the Spanish American War. His service lasted from June 24, 1898 until January 6, 1899. The Third Wisconsin did not see any major action during their campaign in Puerto Rico, although they did take part in the occupation of Ponce and the capture of Coamo. Thompson’s father was an Eau Claire banker named George T. Thompson (1850-1907). He was born in Troy Michigan and moved to Eau Claire in 1872. He married Julia Graham and became a cashier at the Union National Bank.
This scrapbook contains mostly newspaper and magazine clippings concerning the Spanish American War. Many of the clippings follow the Third Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and Company E in particular. Two ongoing sections are “Our Porto Rico Letter” and “News from Camp.” Several of the newspaper clippings include images of soldiers and events in Puerto Rico. In addition, there are three fold-out illustrations from Harpers Weekly. Throughout the scrapbook are several miscellaneous clippings and letters. Most of the miscellaneous items pertain to the Thompson family, focusing upon the death of George T. Thompson in particular.
Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau April 4, 2011
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: George B. Thompson Spanish-American War Scrapbook 1898-1987. UHC 348 348 Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Peter DeCarlo. April, 2011
Arrangement: Flat arrangement
George B. Thompson
George T. Thompson
Spanish-American War—Eau Claire
Third Wisconsin Infantry Regiment
Eau Claire History
Detailed List of Contents
Series 1: George B. Thompson Spanish-American War Scrapbook
Dates: 1898-1987, bulk 1898-1899 Extent: 1 linear feet (1 flat box)