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15th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

15th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Date: Between 1860 and 1870
This tintype shows Captain Oran Curtis, to the left, with members of the 15th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company F. Captain Curtis was the father of United States Vice President Charles Curtis.


229th Platoon U.S. Marine Corps in San Diego, California

229th Platoon U.S. Marine Corps in San Diego, California
Date: 1943
A photograph showing members of the 229th Platoon United States Marine Corps in San Diego, California. Lewis Glynn Magouirk from Cimarron, Kansas, is second from the right in the second row.


35th Division marching on Topeka Avenue in Topeka, Kansas

35th Division marching on Topeka Avenue in Topeka, Kansas
Date: May 1919
Here are four photographs showing the 35th Division marching on Topeka Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The photographs were taken after the 35th Division returned from France.


6th Company, 14th Provisional Regiment, U. S. Officers' Training Camp at Fort Riley, Kansas

6th Company, 14th Provisional Regiment, U. S. Officers' Training Camp at Fort Riley, Kansas
Creator: Anderson
Date: 1917
This is a panoramic photograph showing members of the 6th Company, 14th Provisional Regiment, U. S. Officers' Training Camp at Fort Riley, Kansas.


Admiral John E. Gingrich's hat

Admiral John E. Gingrich's hat
Creator: Unt Rankin Leather Company
Date: between 1945 and 1947
This U.S. Navy full dress bicorne hat belonged to Admiral John Edward Gingrich (1897-1960). Gingrich was born in Dodge City, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1919. As Captain of the cruiser Pittsburgh in 1945, he received a silver star for assisting the crippled aircraft carrier Franklin. He also received a Legion of Merit and gold star for safely sailing his cruiser following severe typhoon damage in June 1945. Gingrich promoted to Rear Admiral late in 1945. In 1947, he became the first director of the Division of Security and Intelligence at the Atomic Energy Commission. Gingrich commanded the Blockade and Escort Force in 1952, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He retired in 1954 with the rank of four-star Admiral. He died in New York City in 1960.


Army 1st Infantry Division Patch

Army 1st Infantry Division Patch
Date: between 1943 and 1946
United States Army 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One" should patch. Belonged to Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army Air Force uniform

Army Air Force uniform
Creator: Sol Frank Military Supply Co.
Date: between 1940 and 1945
United States Army officer's uniform. The uniform is made of lightweight, khaki-colored wool. An Army Air Force patch is sewn on the left sleeve of the coat. Galen L. Warnock of Topeka, Kansas, wore this uniform during World War II. He was a 2nd Lieutenant with 835th Bomber Squadron, 486th Bomber (Heavy), serving as a B-24 navigator. In 1944, Warlock went missing on a mission over Austria. His name is included on the Tablets of the Missing in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.


Army Private First Class stripe patch

Army Private First Class stripe patch
Date: between 1943 and 1946
United States Army Private First Class sleeve stripe. Belonged to Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army cartridge belt

Army cartridge belt
Date: between 1943 and 1946
United States Army cartridge belt. Worn by Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army garrison cap

Army garrison cap
Date: between 1943 and 1946
World War II United States Army garrison cap. Khaki with light blue Infantry piping. Worn by Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army garrison cap

Army garrison cap
Date: between 1943 and 1946
World War II United States Army garrison cap. Olive drab wool with light blue Infantry piping. Worn by Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army jacket

Army jacket
Date: between 1943 and 1946
U.S. Army Eisenhower-style jacket. Worn by Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army leggings

Army leggings
Creator: Nasco Awnings, Inc.
Date: 1942
Pair of United States Army M1938 dismounted leggings. Worn by Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Artifacts from a Little Known Site in Woodson County, 14WO309

Artifacts from a Little Known Site in Woodson County, 14WO309
Date: 1854-1870
These three slides show the only known artifacts from 14WO309, a military site in Woodson County. Shown are a lead ball, a bridle part with the lettering "US," and a Union Army Eagle General Services Enlisted man's button. The back mark on the button indicates it was made by the Waterbury Button Company of Connecticut, who have been in the business of making buttons since 1812.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows soldiers cleaning their weapons while traveling on an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train.


Avra P. Russell

Avra P. Russell
Date: Between 1861 and 1862
A portrait of Captain Avra P. Russell who was a member of Company G, 2nd Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He was killed at the Battle of Prairie Grove on December 7, 1862.


Battery A on the Kansas State Capitol grounds in Topeka, Kansas

Battery A on the Kansas State Capitol grounds in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Farrow, W. F.
Date: February 1893
During the Populist War of 1893, Battery A, a militia unit from Wichita, Kansas, was stationed on the grounds outside of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. The dispute began when both the Republican and Populist parties claimed victory in the Kansas House elections in 1892. A number of contests were still being disputed when the legislative session began in January 1893. The conflict between the parties reached a crisis when the Populists locked themselves in the House Hall. The Republicans used a sledgehammer to break down the doors to the hall. The governor requested support from the state militia. After a three-day standoff, Governor Lewelling was able to negotiate an agreement with the Republican speaker of the house, which amounted to a Populist surrender. The state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the Republicans.


Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford

Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford
Date: Between 1917 and 1919
This is a postcard showing privates Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford taken in Des Moines, Iowa, during World War I. Dillon worked for P. H. Beck near Glasco, Kansas. He started working for Beck at age 15 and left in 1917 when he went into the Army.


Boys' battalion at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas

Boys' battalion at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1925-1926
A book illustration showing the boys' battalion at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.


Brass Belt Buckle from Fort Hays, 14EL301

Brass Belt Buckle from Fort Hays, 14EL301
Date: 1867-1889
This center bar belt buckle was recovered during excavations at historic Fort Hays, in Ellis County, by Kansas Historical Society archeologists in 1966. Formerly the buckle was shiny brass, as is shown by the back, but at some point the prong was painted pink. The buckle measures 1 3/4" by 1 7/16". Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Buttons from the Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield, 14LN337

Buttons from the Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield, 14LN337
Date: 1864
Shown are two different types of button that were recovered during the 1990 survey and excavation at the Mine Creek Battlefield by Kansas Historical Society Archeologists and crew. The site was the location where on October 25, 1864 Union and Confederate forces fought one of the largest cavalry battles in the Civil War. One button is a brass 4-hole sew through, white the other is a ferrous overall button that may post date the battle.


Buttons from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403

Buttons from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403
Date: 1867
These two buttons were recovered from the Village on the Pawnee Fork (also called Hancock's Village) in Ness County during excavations in 1977. It was there, in 1867, that a village of several hundred Southern Cheyenne and Southern Teton Oglala was destroyed by order of Major General Winifred S. Hancock. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. "Bullet" buttons, such as these, are generally considered for military use. They predate the 1867 destruction of the village and may have, by that time, been used by civilians. They all have a steel wire shank for attachment.


Cabinet card of Max Palenske

Cabinet card of Max Palenske
Creator: Meier, Gustav H., 1865-1941
Date: Unknown
This is a studio portrait cabinet card of Max Palenske holding a bugle and wearing an ROTC uniform with the logo of the Kansas State Agriculture College at Manhattan on his hat. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Camp Funston during World War I

Camp Funston during World War I
Creator: Carlson, Richard
Date: July 22, 1918-February 04, 1919
Here are 16 postcards showing soldiers at Camp Funston during World War I.


Camp William Cary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas

Camp William Cary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas
Creator: Pennell, Joseph Judd, 1866-1922
Date: October 1903
Members of Co. L, First Kansas at Camp William Cary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas. The soldiers are in formation in front of tents. Railroad passenger cars are visible in the background.


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