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Theodore Roosevelt
[August 1898].

A set of 2 photographs from c. 1898 of "Camp Wykoff,", Montauk Point, one of the most famous camps of the Spanish-American war, as a detention camp for recovery and/or quarantine from illness, disease or the infirmed. Each 4.5" x 3.5", affixed to period photographers backing with a slightly scuffed outer matt. Small 2mm linear indention along bottom edge of one photo, otherwise very good. The second photo is in excellent shape with only paper abrasion to the outer matt.

Note in scripted ink on verso of photographs: War of 1898, U.S. vs. Spain. Camp Wichoff [sic]. Montauk Point, L.I.

Camp Wykoff was one of the more famous camps of the Spanish American War. The government had realized that with the outbreak of disease in Cuba and Puerto Rico, the returning soldiers could not be immediately sent back to their homes, since the communicable diseases they may carry - yellow fever, malaria, etc. - may be carried home with them. The idea was started to create an isolated camp where the men could first be cleared of disease before being released.

Many military units spent their last days as an organization at the New York camp. The camp was to consist of two areas. A smaller area of the camp would be a detention camp for men quarantined from the general population for reasons of disease. The larger portion would be a camp for rest and recovery for men simply weakened by the rough service and poor diet in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Each of the two areas were to be equipped with their own hospitals. Ultimately, forty-four transports delivered troops from abroad bringing in

22,221 men. Ultimately, forty-four transports delivered troops from abroad bringing in 22,221 men. The efforts to build an infrastructure to support a small city within a very short period of time strained the limits of the camp with the camp hospitals treating 10,000 patients in thirty days. The crisis passed with the last unit vacating the camp on October 28, 1898

Provenance: Ex-James Sigler Spanish-American War Collection.

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