MODEL 1898 KHAKI US ARMY UNIFORM JACKET WITH 1ST BRIGADE, 3RD DIVISION, 5th CORPS BADGE

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The Model 1898 Khaki uniform was first developed in June, 1898 and was made in response of the needs of American soldiers fighting in tropical climates, such as Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The collar, cuffs and epaulets were done in the branch color, in this case infantry. The official regulation did not call for the pocket flap to be faced in branch color. This was something normally done by Volunteer troops.

The jacket is made of a lightweight khaki canvas. The five-button front has faded pink from use in the field or storage in a sunlit area. The back of the jacket retains its original khaki color.

There are four pockets on the front, two on the breast and two on the skirt. The two breast pockets have a pleated front and the flaps are done in infantry blue cloth.

As already stated, the collar, cuffs and cloth epaulettes are also done in a light blue cloth however, in this case the color has faded to match the rest of the front of the jacket.

Each sleeve has principal musician chevrons consisting of three white stripes outlined in black on a khaki field with a cut out in the shape of a bugle above the stripes. The cloth of this rank insignia has not faded like the rest of the jacket and may be a later addition.

There are also two belt loops, one on each side of the back. All buttons are present.

Interior lining of the collar shows wear from sweat and use. There is no lining in the body and the interior shows no signs of use.

Attached to the left breast pocket is a very nice 5th Corps badge with a blue field and a silver “1” at center. The badge is for the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps. The badge is in excellent condition and has a “T” bar pin on the reverse.

Major General William R. Shafter was named as commander of Fifth Army Corps, which assumed control of the troops assembling at Tampa, Florida.

On June 7, the corps began embarking on transports for the landing in Cuba, although this took a week (due to a combination of poor organization by senior officers and fears of an attack by the Spanish fleet, which was capable of no such activity) and the fleet did not sail until June 14. Reaching Cuban waters without incident, the troops began landing at Daiquiri on June 22, 1898.

The Corps is credited with taking part in the Santiago Campaign, Battle of San Juan Hill, Battle of El Carney and the Siege of Santiago.

As the troops continued to suffer from disease, including yellow fever misdiagnosed as malaria, it was decided to return the men of Fifth Army Corps to the United States and a site on Montauk Point, Long Island was chosen, being convenient to the Long Island Rail Road and in theory, an easy location to quarantine; Camp Wickoff was established there and the corps completed its movement into quarantine camp on August 24, 1898. As men recovered, units were mustered out of service; by September 30, the corps strength was 218 officers and 5,136 enlisted men.

The Fifth Army Corps was "discontinued" on October 3, 1898.  [ad] [ph:L]

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