Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba





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Published on Oct 4, 2010

From Edison films catalog: A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass.

From The Phonoscope, October 1898, p. 15: The narrow trail shown in this picture leads from Baiquiri [sic] westward to Sibony, thence northward to Santiago. It will be seen it is hardly more than a woodpath. At first it was overgrown with brush and shut in close by chaparral, but the passage of thousands of soldiers has broadened it considerably. A great bunch of pack mules swings into vision. The advance scout or guide is evidently a Cuban, and he approaches rapidly followed by the train. It is a fine sight. (C. Musser, Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 454)

From the Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection catalog, p. 50: About 12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the Spanish-American War. A group of mules loaded with boxes of ammunition is being driven along a trail, probably near Santiago, Cuba. Some of the men may be civilian mule skinners hired by the Army to handle the pack mules.

Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 5Aug1898; 46693.

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): Umthum.

Filmed ca. June or July 1898, probably near Daiquirí or Santiago, 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. 10 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 33 [MI].

Pack animals (Transportation)--Cuba.
United States.--Army--Transportation--Equipment and supplies.
Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba.
Transportation, Military--Cuba.
Animals--War use.
War (Nonfiction)--Short.

Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

FEA 7324 (ref print)
LC 323 (paper pos)

sawmp 0323 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0323

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