Posts Tagged:Camp Wikoff

Throwback Thursday – Happy Birthday, Teddy Bear!

Roosevelt, Camp Wikoff Mascots, 1898 Black and white photograph of Teddy Roosevelt at Camp Wikoff with the camp’s mascots, which returned from the Spanish-American War with the troops Al Holden Collection Montauk Library Archives Readers might well ask what this photograph of soldiers playing with a mountain lion, a dog, and an eagle at Camp… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Buffalo Soldiers at Camp Wikoff

“Camp Wikoff, 24th Infantry (colored) coming to Detention Camp,” by photographer Dwight L. Elmendorf, 1898. African-American regiment arriving at Camp Wikoff in Montauk, N.Y. Montauk Historical Society Collection, digital image. Montauk Library Archives It was August 1898 when Camp Wikoff opened to what quickly grew to be to be more than 20,000 sickened, injured, and… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Camp Wikoff

In 1899, almost a year after the Rough Riders left Montauk’s  Camp Wikoff, the government decided to sell its property sitting unused at the vacant camp.  “The site of Camp Wikoff is to be sold at auction,” reported the Ogdensberg Journal.  “The property consists of one quartermaster’s warehouse, one commissary storehouse, four detention camp buildings, 22 hospital… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Rough Riders at Camp Wikoff

On September 15, 1998, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were officially disbanded, or “mustered out.”  Many had recuperated from the ills of the Spanish-American war at Camp Wikoff in Montauk, or were still recovering there when the news came through.  No doubt this unit’s trek away from Camp Wikoff was filled with emotion. The Rough Riders… Read more »