These Warren County soldiers returned from Porto Rico on October, 19, 1898, having fought in the Spanish-American War. The excerpts are from the Warren Evening Mirror archived in the Warren County Historical Society's Spanish-American War Collection and on mircofilm at the Warren Public Library. The image is housed in the Warren County Historical Society's Warren City Images.
The boys came back!
Company I, 16th Regt.,
Arrives in Warren
Wednesday, Oct. 19th, at 2 P.M.
Our soldier boys came home yesterday and were given a grand reception. Every body of Warren and vicinity with all their relatives, accompanied by "bikes, baby-carts, horses and carriages were at the railroad station when the special train arrived about 2 o'clock yesterday. Including the school children there must have been six to eight thousand people packed around the depot and strung along Water street, and everybody yelled, waved flags, and tried to keep up with the booming cannon, the shrieking whistle and changing bells. In short, the reception given to Co. I, 16th regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, was a howling success.
Toasts Were Responded To By Several Prominent Civilians and Soldiers
Never was a scene presented more brilliantly picturesque or more absorbingly interesting than that at the banquet given by the people of Warren to the distinguished members of Company I, Sixteenth regiment, at the armory Tuesday evening.
Reportedly a toast was responded to by Colonel Windsor; He was introduced as one of the three officers of the entire volunteer army that was promoted for valiant service of the field of battle. The colonel confined his remarks chiefly to the story of the campaign from the time the regiment took the oath of allegiance to a man of Mt. Gretna, until their return home. Of the 807 men of the regiment who landed at Ponce on July 27, only 364 returned home with the command. No braver body of men ever enlisted in a good cause. He paid a deserved tribute by stating in conclusion that had it not been for the people who carried the knapsack and rifle, the campaign would not have been so successful. The credit of American arms carried by American soldiers belongs to the men behind the guns.
If you would like more information on Colonel Windsor, please pick up the Warren County Historical Society's Stepping Stones articles written by Mary Grishaver, The Men Who Loved Belle Henry, Remember The Maine!, and The Man Who Loved A Parade. For more information, please visit www.warrenhistory.org or call 723-1795.