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Citation. Archie Butt Camp No. 5, United Spanish War Veterans, (No. 80-12).Reese Library Manuscripts Collection, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.
The Archie Butt Camp No. 5, Department of Georgia, United Spanish War Veterans was founded on May 17, 1912 at Augusta, Ga.The camp was named for Major Archie Butt, U. S. Army, who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.The camp had difficulty attracting membership although there were many veterans in the Augusta, Georgia, area.
The requirement for membership was detailed on the application.
Part One, Article
III, Section 2, Eligibility to Active Membership:
Officers, soldiers and sailors of the Army, Navy or Marine Corps of the United States, including acting surgeons, contract surgeons, dental surgeons, veterinary surgeons, all officers and men in the United States Revenue Cutter Service on vessels temporarily under the control of the War or Navy Departments, all commissioned medical officers of the United States Marine Hospital Service, all officers and enlisted men in the Philippine Scouts, and other organizations of native troops maintained by the War Department in the Philippine Islands, and all paymasters' clerks actually on duty in the field or aboard ship, who served at any time during the war between the United States of America and Kingdom of Spain, or at any time during the insurrection in the Philippine Islands prior to July 4, 1902, and who have either been honorably discharged form the service or still continue in the same, shall be admitted to active membership in the United Spanish War Veterans; provided, however, that no person shall be admitted to active membership, who upon investigation, is found to be of bad moral character or of low repute in the community in which he resides, or who, having been honorably discharged from the service of the United States, has re-entered the same and has subsequently received a discharge which is not honorable.
The book consists of 153 pages of which only sixty-three have been used. The inclusive dates of entry are May 17, 1912 to September 17, 1916. No explanation has been located to determine why this minute book was discontinued nor has another been uncovered. The minute book has varying degrees of information from detailed to slight depending upon the keeper. The usual references include who presided, where held, reading of minutes, election for membership, general camp business, motions and who made them. The camp adjutant normally kept the minutes, but others also performed this job duty in the absence of the elected adjutant.
A fourteen page loose-leaf scrapbook of which twelve pages were used.>The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of Camp affairs and reunions. Many of the clippings are glued on top of each other in an effort to keep all the relative clippings in one location and to conserve pages.
The clippings date from 1923 to 1933 with breaks in years.
General Orders, Major A. W. Butt, 1903.
These General Orders are official documents of the U. S. Army and not part of the United Spanish War Veterans collection material. It is surmised that someone noticed the name and placed it in the USWV collection. The volume is loose leaf with a detachable hardback cover measuring (5 X 7 1/2 ).
The majority of these general orders pertain to ordnance matters with some administrative procedures and an index to orders.
Created by: William R. Wells, II, Reese Library. July 2000