Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Albert F. Gudatt Journal, 1898-1904

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Albert F. Gudatt journal
Creator: Gudatt, Albert F., b. 1875
Inclusive dates: 1898-1904
Bulk dates: 1898-1902
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This 154-page volume is Albert F. Gudatt's journal of his experiences serving with the United States Army's 2nd Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Spanish-American War, with the United States Army's 33rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War, and with the Manila police between 1901 and 1902. Later entries concern his work with the Market Street Railway in San Francisco, California, between 1902 and 1904.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3180.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Albert F. Gudatt Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Corporal Albert F. Gudatt was born on March 15, 1875, and lived in Victoria, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Army in May 1898, and trained briefly at Covington, Louisiana, before his deployment to Cuba as a member of the 2nd Volunteer Infantry Regiment (the "Second Immunes"). After being mustered out in June 1899, he re-enlisted and joined the 33rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment, with which he served in the Philippines until receiving a discharge in March 1901. In November 1901, he joined the Manila police, and in late 1902 he returned to the United States, where he worked for the Market Street Railway in San Francisco.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This 154-page volume is Albert F. Gudatt's journal of his experiences serving with the United States Army's 2nd Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Spanish-American War, with the United States Army's 33rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War, and with the Manila police between 1901 and 1902. Later entries concern his work with the Market Street Railway in San Francisco, California, between 1902 and 1904.

The Albert F. Gudatt journal dates from May 15, 1898-February 16, 1904, and consists of a combination of recollections in narrative form and discrete journal entries, which primarily reflect his experiences during the Spanish-American War and during his time in the Philippines.

Albert F. Gudatt began writing shortly after leaving his home in Victoria, Texas, to enlist in the United States Army. He described his journey to Covington, Louisiana, where he became a member of Duncan N. Hood's "Second Immunes," the 2nd Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Gudatt detailed his experiences while in training at Covington and while serving in Cuba, where he noted the prevalence of tropical diseases.

He joined the 33rd Volunteer Infantry Regiment and traveled to the Philippine Islands, where he wrote about marches, local people, military life, and engagements between United States forces, including his own unit, and insurgents. He also experienced earthquakes and commented on political and social events.

After 1900, Gudatt wrote shorter entries concerning his pay, his correspondence habits, and American military personnel. After November 1901, he worked with the police in Manila, and commented on a cholera epidemic in the spring of 1902. After returning to the United States in late 1902, Gudatt found work with San Francisco's Market Street Railway. In occasional entries dated until 1904, he discussed some of his experiences and mentioned significant events, such as a potential strike and a coworker's suicide.

The final pages contain a copied passage from the Monroe Doctrine (pp. 152-153) and a partial list of books in Manila's American library (p. 154).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cholera.
    • Covington (La.)
    • Cuba--Description and travel.
    • Cuba--History--Revolution, 1895-1898.
    • Manila (Philippines)
    • Market Street Railway.
    • Military education.
    • Philippines--Description and travel.
    • Philippines--History--Philippine American War, 1899-1902.
    • San Francisco (Calif.)
    • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
    • Spanish-American War, 1898.
    • Tropical medicine.
    • United States. Army. Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 2nd.
    • United States. Army. Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 33rd.
    • United States--Politics and government--1897-1901.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Albert F. Gudatt journal,  May 15, 1898-February 16, 1904 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Philippine Service Board. Official Register of the Officers and Employees in the Civil Service of the Philippine Islands January 1, 1902. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1902.