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Byers promulgated a general order to the company officers of the Iowa
National Guard to have all officers and men undergo a physical examination
to determine their fitness for active military service. On the 25th
Gov. Leslie M. Shaw received a telegram from the secretary of war
advising him of Iowa's quota of troops under the call. The state fair
grounds, near Des Moines, were designated by the state authorities as a
mobilization camp for the National Guard and the commanding officers
of the four infantry regiments composing the guard were ordered to report
"with the least possible delay."
In arranging for the mustering in of the Iowa regiments, Governor
Shaw ordered them to be numbered to follow the last regiment of infantry
furnished by Iowa in the Civil war. The First Regiment of the National
Guard therefore became the Forty-ninth; the Second, the Fiftieth; the
Third, the Fifty-first, and the Fourth, the Fifty-second.
This regiment was composed of companies raised in the northwestern
part of the state. Company K was made up of men from Palo Alto and
Emmet counties. Its commissioned officers at the time of muster in were:
Peter 0. Refsell, captain; Claude M. Henry, first lieutenant; Charles F.
Grout, second lieutenant, all from Emmetsburg. The following Emmet
County men were enrolled as privates: Leonard Anderson, Hans Gilbertson,
Charles E. Hawk, William 0. Mulroney, Thomas M. Pullen, Oscar A.
Quinnell (promoted corporal), Charles E. Ridley and Charles R. Rose.
The regiment was mustered into the United States service on May 25,
1898, with William B. Humphrey, of Sioux City, as colonel. Three days
later, under orders from the war department, it broke camp at Des Moines
and entrained for Chickamauga Park, Georgia. Upon arriving there it
was assigned to the Third Brigade, Second Division, Third Army Corps,
commanded by General Wade. On August 8, 1898, orders were received
to move the regiment to Porto Rico, but before embarking a telegram came
revoking the order. Immediately following this there were a number of
cases of sickness among the men of the regiment, which the surgeon said
was largely due to their disappointment. The regiment remained in camp
at Chickamauga Park until August 29, 1898, when it was ordered back
to Des Moines. There the men were given a thirty-day furlough and
permitted to visit their homes. The furlough was afterward extended to
October 30, 1898, when the companies were reassembled at Des Moines
and the regiment was mustered out. In his final report Colonel Humphrey
says: "Had the opportunity presented, the regiment would have acquitted
itself with honor and credit to the state."