Burdick Military

Mexican-American & Spanish-American Wars

The Mexican-Anerican War (1846-1848) and the Spanish-American War(1898) were two separate conflicts but are grouped together here for efficiency.

The Mexican–American War, also known as the Mexican War, was an armed conflict between the United States and the Centralist Republic of Mexico. It followed in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory, despite the 1836 Texas Revolution. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the conflict and specified the major consequence of the war: the forced Mexican Cession of the territories of "Alta California" and "Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico" to the United States in exchange for $15 million. In addition, the United States assumed $3.25 million of debt owed by the Mexican government to U.S. citizens. Mexico accepted the loss of Texas and thereafter cited the Rio Grande as its national border.

The Spanish–American War was a conflict between Spain and the United States, the result of U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. U.S. attacks on Spain's Pacific possessions led to involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately to the Philippine–American War. Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. The result was the 1898 Treaty of Paris, negotiated on terms favorable to the U.S., which allowed it temporary control of Cuba, and ceded ownership of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine islands.

The following 33 Burdick family members are known to have fought in the Spanish-American or Mexican-American Wars.


Edward John Burdick (I2562) (24 APR 1870 - 4 MAR 1926)
  • Edward John Burdick of Stonington, Conn., and Westerly, R. I.
  • Buried in Westerly, R. I.
  • Married by Rev. Frank H. Decker Beatrice Maud Gourlay.
  • He was educated in the schools of Mystic and Mystic Valley Institute, and was a machinist.
  • He was named Lieut. in Co. E, 1st Reg't, R. I. Militia, just before the Spanish-American War.
  • He enlisted for that war with Co. K, 1st R. I. Vols., and was promoted to 1st Lieut. in Co. F, during the war.
  • He was past commander of Robert Brucker Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans, and was largely instrumental in securing the Hiker memorial statue in Wilcox Park, Westerly, R. I.
  • He was charter member of Hope Council, Junior Order of American Mechanics.
  • Both he and his wife were members of the Congregational Church.
  • Cr. sister Nettie and Uncle Marcus.


Frank L. Burdick (I3133) (24 MAY 1867 - )
  • Res., 1904, Mandan, N. D.
  • He is a locomotive engineer.
  • During the Spanish-American War, he served as musician in Co. L, 2nd Reg't, Wis. Vols., and was in the army that went to Puerto Rico.
  • Cr. sister Hattie


Archie Wells Burdick (I3211) (13 MAR 1880 - 29 JUN 1930)
  • He died of heart failure.
  • Buried at Newport, R. I.
  • Married by Rev. O. U. Whitford to Grace Melville Burdick.
  • Mr. Burdick was a Spanish War veteran, having served in Co. K, 1st R. I. Vol. Inf.
  • He was in charge of a department at the U. S. Naval Torpedo Station .
  • He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Red Men and Knights of Pythias.
  • Cr. wife Georgina and sister Marguerite.


Paul Champlin Burdick (I3263) (4 JUN 1877 - )
  • Res., 1934, Fallbrook, Calif.
  • He served in the Spanish-American War, Co. H, 4th Vol. Inf., Wis.
  • He was a member of Lodge W. O. W.
  • He was a carpenter at Hacienda Vineda
  • Cr. himself and brother Hugh.


Charles Noyes Burdick (I3336) (13 DEC 1876 - 19 JUN 1933)
  • Buried in Fog Plains, Waterford, Conn., full military honors.
  • Married by Rev. Dr. S. LeRoy Blake to Myra Adelle Cottrell.
  • He was 1st Sergeant of the Third Section of the Conn., Signal Corps at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War.
  • He then enlisted in Co. C, 1st Conn. Heavy Art., U. S. Vols., and when mustered out, re-enlisted in Co. B, 5th U. S. Art. After services with the battery in Puerto Rico, he was discharged and returned to New London and was agent for firms dealing in grocers' specialties.
  • Census records: Brand Street. Middletown, CT (renters). 1920: 71 Lafayette St., Norwich, New London Co, CT (renters). 1930: 121 S. Beacon St., Hartford, CT (renters).
  • Cr. himself and his widow, res. Hartford, Conn.


Floyd Montrose Burdick (I3365) (12 SEP 1877 - )
  • He served in the Spanish-American War, having enlisted in 202nd N. Y. Reg't, Vol. Inf., Co. L, and was in action at Meriel Harbor, Guanajay and Havana Harbor.
  • He was on the island of Cuba about 6 months.
  • Later he was employed in stores of Mandel Brothers, Marshall Field and Carson Pirie & Scott, all of Chicago, Ill.
  • 1933, he is a miller in Battle Creek Sanatorium, Mich.
  • He is a member of the Woodmen of the World
  • He is an officer in the United Spanish War Veteran Camp.
  • He is a member of the S. D. B. Church.
  • Cr. Himself


William N. Burdick (I3783) (25 JUL 1878 - )
  • They live 1933, Boise, Ida.
  • He is a laborer.
  • He served in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines as Corporal, Co. C, 42nd Inf., U. S. V.
  • He enlisted Sept. 29, 1899 ; honorably discharged June 27, 1901.
  • Cr. sister Evalena


Claude A. Burdick (I3876) (17 MAR 1879 - )
  • Res. 1927, Albany, Ind.
  • He was educated in Muncie Univ.
  • He is an Episcopalian and a Mason.
  • He was a volunteer soldier in the Spanish-American War, Private, Co. B, 14th Reg't, Minn. Inf.
  • He is connected with the Albany Natural Gas Co.
  • Cr. brother Ralph


James Mark Burdick (I112102) (12 MAY 1864 - )
  • Res. 1935, Detroit, Mich.
  • Unmarried
  • He served in the Spanish-American War and was engaged in 5 battles.


William Alfred Burdick (I113181) (4 JUL 1873 - )
  • He is a veteran of the Spanish-American War.
  • He resided in Brooklyn for several yrs.
  • Res, 1936, Monson, Mass.
  • Unmarried


Floyd F. Carpenter (I113327) (8 AUG 1878 - )
  • Res. 1928, Sidney, N. Y.
  • He conducts a bake shop.
  • He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Edmeston, N. Y.
  • He is a veteran of the Spanish-American War.


John Fitch Bowen (I213274) (18 JUL 1874 - )
  • Res. 1937, South Orange, N. J.
  • He furnished recs.
  • He served in the Spanish-American War.
  • He is a welder.


Timothy Burdick (I311041) (1828 - )
  • Unmarried
  • Unknown if he was married.
  • He died in the Mexican War in Mexico


Harry Livingston Burdick (I311792) (1866 - )
  • Living 1903.
  • Unmarried
  • Served in Spanish-American War.


Lewis W. Carlisle (I312259) (? - 29 JUL 1898)
  • He was wounded in the Spanish-American War and died with fever in Brooklyn, N. Y., July 29, 1898.
  • The Spanish-American camp in Watertown, N. Y., is named in his honor.


Fritz Arthur Sackett (I312543) (25 MAR 1881 - )
  • Res. 1928, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • He was a soldier in the Philippines.


Claude B. Shotswell (I312745) (20 JUN 1874 - )
  • During the Spanish-American War he served in Co. E, 52nd Reg't, Iowa Vols.
  • He is a traveling salesman.
  • Res. Doon, Ia.


Louis Taylor (I313406)
  • Died in Spanish-American War.
  • Unmarried


George Washington Burdick (I710271) (15 AUG 1822 - 24 SEP 1846)
  • Killed at Battle of Monterey, Mexico, Sept. 24, 1846.


Christopher Lester Avery (I1005196) (4 SEP 1872 - )
  • Christopher L. Avery was a graduate of Yale, 1893, and of the Yale Law School, 1897.
  • He was one of the leading debaters of the Kent Club.
  • He was champion middle and heavyweight wrestler of Yale.
  • He was quartermaster on the monitor 'Jason' in the Spanish-American War.
  • He is a lawyer with offices in New London, Conn.
  • In Dec., 1910, he was appointed paymaster general with the rank of colonel on the staff of Governor Simeon E. Baldwin.
  • Res. Groton, Conn.


George DeVer Simmons (I1007172) (7 JUN 1880 - )
  • He was a school teacher for several years.
  • Then he was a salesman of musical instruments.
  • Enlisted Nov., 1808, in the 9th Regular U. S. Inf. and was honorably discharged at the close of the Spanish-American War.
  • Member of the Spanish-American Veteran Association, Norwich, N. Y.
  • Res. 1937, Earlville, N. Y., where he is a photographer.


Thomas L. Stillman (I1007282) (8 MAR 1879 - )
  • Educated in public schools of North East, Pa.
  • Served in Spanish American War, Battery A, 4th Art.
  • Honorably discharged Mar. 4, 1899.
  • Member of Ottowa Lodge of Masons, has held several offices in that lodge.
  • Worthy patron of No. 132, Order of Eastern Star
  • Odd Fellows No. 376 of Coopersville, has passed through the chairs of that organization.
  • Affiliated member of Independent Order of Foresters of Lewiston, N. Y.
  • Commercial Travelers of Utica, N. Y.
  • Rebekah.
  • Councilman in Coopersville for 4 yrs.
  • Res. 1928, Coopersville, Mich., where he is superintendent and manager of a canning company.


John Geddes Beck (I1007942) (11 MAR 1880 - )
  • Living 1934
  • He is in the general insurance business.
  • He served in the Spanish-American War.
  • Both he and his wife are high school graduates.
  • He is a member of all Masonic Orders to 33-degree, B. P. O. E., K. of P., Keystone Ath.
  • This family are all members of the M. E. Church.


Louis W. Jones (I1011568)
  • Res. 1935, Hines Hospital, Hines, Ill.
  • He is a veteran of the Spanish American War.


William Monmouth Harcourt (I1012714) (21 MAR 1876 - APR 1935)
  • Res. 1933, New York City.
  • He was a member of the 5th Md. Reg't, but during the Spanish-American War he joined a Virginia Cav. Reg't and was brigade commissary to Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's corps.
  • During the Boer War he was a member of Earl Strathcona's British Cav.
  • Married at St. James Hotel, by Rev. Dr. C. Ernest Smith, rector of St. Thomas P. E. Church.


Robert Royston Harcourt (I1012715) (17 FEB 1878 - )
  • Res. 1933, Brooklyn, N. Y
  • He was a member of Co. K, 5th Md. Reg't, during the Spanish-American War.
  • Married by Rev. Claudius T. Smith.


George Burdick (I1013960) (16 NOV 1878 - )
  • He was a soldier in the Philippines, enlisted in the lnf. at Pittsburgh, Pa. ; served for 8 yrs.
  • He is a lawyer in the employ of the Government.


Herbert Burdick (I1015698)
  • Title: Captain
  • He served in the Spanish-American War.
  • Res. was Norwich, Conn.


Herbert H. Hewett (I1018769) (21 JAN 1880 - )
  • He served in Spanish-American War, Co. H, 13th Reg't, from Scranton, Pa.


Charles Roscoe Luce (I1031634) (1861 - 17 JUL 1926)
  • Unmarried
  • Studied pharmacy and then medicine in Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. Physician in Washington for forty-five years.
  • Served in the Spanish American War, in Mexico in 1916, and the World War. In charge of Base Hospital No. 1, with rank of Lieut. Col., afterwards made Major.


Joshua Max Yingling (I10123011) (15 SEP 1880 - 10 JUL 1957)
  • Paul Wilkerson note, 1993: Maxine has little recollection of her father Joshua Max, as a child, but knows that he was a sergeant in the United States Army, and was said to have fought with Teddy Roosevelt during the Spanish American War. The Statement of Service secured by the family indicates that J. Max Yingling was enlisted on November 8, 1899, then enlisted again on June 20, 1918. Both tours ended with an honorable discharge.
  • (cont) Joshua was employed by the Austin Bridge Company located in Dallas, Texas and spent much time traveling. He was in charge of the Little Rock, Arkansas branch of this firm. Also attributed to Joshua is his campaign and victory for the position of County Surveyor for Lyon County, Kansas as a Republican Candidate. Joshua committed suicide on July 10, 1957 following the discovery that he had cancer in his eyes.


James Nelson Langworthy (I11370338) (4 MAR 1872 - 26 JAN 1971)
  • Buried in Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery, Canon City, Colorado.
  • A veteran of the Spanish-American War. Lived at Cody, Wyoming.
  • Census Tracking: 1880 - Depere, Brown Co., Wisconsin. 1900 - Pueblo, Pueblo Co., Colorado. 1910 - Township 21, Custer Co., Colorado. 1930 - Cody, Park Co., Wyoming.


Herman Howes (I11560068)
  • He was a soldier in Spanish-American War.


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