The title, “A History of the 25th Regiment, United States Infantry, 1869–1926”, indicates the scope of this volume.
The mass of material—official records, reports, and personal recollections—available to the compiler, made it entirely unnecessary for him to draw upon his imagination for an elaboration of incidents in the history of the regiment, and his sole aim is to present an accurate and reasonably brief account of the regiment’s achievements and splendid record. No fact has been stated upon doubtful authority, and wherever possible all important records and statements are given verbatim from official sources.
The task of compiling this history has been for the writer “in addition to his other duties,” and under the handicap of amateur authorship. He is fully aware of the fact that he has not done entire justice to his important subject, but it is hoped that the volume will at least serve the purpose of bringing before the personnel of the regiment the record of the regiment’s achievements, traditions, and wonderful esprit de corps in such a manner as to make all of them proud of the honor of belonging to the grand old “Twenty-fifth”.
The compiler desires to express his warmest appreciation and thanks to all that have assisted him in his task, and especially does he thank the following named gentlemen for their kindly interest and loan of valuable material that was of inestimable service in preparing the various chapters and illustrations:
Brigadier General George Andrews, Retired; Brigadier General Owen J. SweetRetired; Brigadier General A. S. Daggett, Retired; Colonel V. A. Caldwell, Retired; Colonel F. H. Albright, Retired; Colonel D. B. Wilson, Retired; Colonel Reynolds J. Burt, 8th Infantry; Colonel P. M. Shaffer, Infantry, D. O. L.; Major Geo. P. Ahern, Retired; Major E. E. Lewis, Infantry; and Captain Stuart R. Carswell, Infantry, D. O. L.
Thanks are also due the Old Records Section of the Adjutant General’s Office, and the Historical Section of the War College for their prompt and ready assistance in furnishing copies of all records pertaining to the regiment on file in their respective offices. Practically all photographs used in this volume were copied from old photographs by the Signal Corps photographic laboratories at Washington, D. O, and Fort Sam Houston, Texasand great credit is due them for their excellent work.
To Master Sergeant Dalbert P. Green, Retired, for his valuable assistance in the preparation of the chapter on the regimental baseball teams, the compiler desires to extend his hearty thanks, and to all those enlisted men in the regiment that assisted by the loan of material or the transcribing of data he wishes to convey his sincere appreciation.