“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Key West in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

War of 1898

On this site the Catholic Convent of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary was located

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Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 26, 2016
1. War of 1898 Marker
Inscription.  (side 1)
In April of 1898 it was graciously offered and converted to a 400 bed United States Army Hospital for the treatment of soldiers and sailors, ill with dangerous tropical diseases or wounded in battle, during Cuba's War of Independence.

In spite of the great danger, the following Sisters of The Convent cared for the afflicted; Sister Superior M. Florentine, Sister Simon, Visitation, Damien, L'Evangelista, Thomas, Hormisdas, Laurentius, Marguerite de Cortona, Egidius, Berenice, Ambroise de Sienna, Antoine de Jesus, Dolores, Catherine de Palanza, L. Gabriel, Anthony, Maurice, Domitille, Gaspard, Ulderic, Tharslie and Silvestre.

Volunteer United States Army Nurses serving here were Margaret Shaffer, Alice Lyons, Agnes Lease, Jennie Sherrian, Anna Fox and Johnetta Sanger. U.S. Army Doctors were W. C. Borden, S. Armstrong, B. Baker, H. Jackson and D. Hall.

The first U.S. Army post combat use of the X-Ray (then called Rontgen Ray) to locate bullets or shrapnel in wounded soldiers was performed at this hospital. This avoided the painful, dangerous and sometimes fatal practice of probing wounds with
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Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 26, 2016
2. War of 1898 Marker
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steel instruments, virtually blind, for the foreign matter.
(Continued on other side)
(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
Members of the following military units were treated here during the War of 1898.

Regular U.S. Cavalry, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th and 25th, the 9th and 10th were composed of "Buffalo Soldiers".

Volunteer U.S. Cavalry, the 1st USVC Regiment "Rough Riders", commanded by Colonel and later President Theodore Roosevelt.

U.S. Artillery, the 2nd, 4th and 5th

Regular U.S. Infantry, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th 13th, 16th 17th 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

Volunteer U.S. Infantry, the 2nd and 71st New York

Hospital Corps, the 17th

Regular U.S. Navy, shipmates of the following U.S. vessels; USS Machias, Mangrove, Wilmington, Fern, and the USS Newark
Erected 2011 by 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders", Inc. of Tampa, Florida.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkScience & MedicineWar, Spanish-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 31, 1898.
Location. 24° 
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Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 26, 2016
3. Convent of Mary Immaculate
33.155′ N, 81° 47.804′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Truman Avenue (U.S. 1) and Elizabeth Street, on the right when traveling north on Truman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Truman Ave, Key West FL 33040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Convent Of Mary Immaculate (within shouting distance of this marker); Porter's Anti-Pirate Fleet (within shouting distance of this marker); Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); E.H. Gato Cigar Factory (about 600 feet away); Eduardo Gato Cigar Factory (about 700 feet away); Key West Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Key West's Metal Roofs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 1, 2022