Scope and Content Note
Plaque commemorating encampment of 2nd Massachusetts
on Lake Morton
The records in this collection come from a variety of sources. Much of the material relating to the Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers was donated to the Special Collections unit by E. R. Markert. Markert's grandfather, Herman Markert, served in the Second Massachusetts when the regiment was stationed in Lakeland in 1898. Some material was donated by descendants of other soldiers from the various units stationed in Lakeland. Other records in the collection are of unknown provenance. Most of the material in the collection, with the exception of the photographs and memorabilia, post date the Spanish-American War. The records are in generally fair to good condition. Pictured above is the historic marker erected on Lake Morton at the site of the encampment of the Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers on Lake Morton.
The collection comprises 2.25 linear feet. and, after processing, the records were organized into four series as follows:
Series I, Subject Files;
Series II, Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers;
Series III, Photographs;
Series IV Memorabilia.
Series I, Subject Files, 1940-1998, consists of materials relating to the presence of military troops in Lakeland during the Spanish-American War and includes journal articles, correspondence, programs, speeches, newspaper clippings, and reminiscences.
Series II, Second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, 1940-1969, contains records relating to one of the units stationed in Lakeland in 1898. Included are company histories, correspondence, reunion books and programs, minutes of meetings, muster rolls and membership lists of the veterans associated with the Second Massachusetts, service record summaries of those members of the Second Massachusetts stationed in Lakeland, and a scrapbook.
Series III, Photographs, 1898, 1953, contains photographs documenting military camp life in Lakeland in 1898. The series also contains a photograph of the above-mentioned Herman Markert and his wife on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1953.
Series IV, Memorabilia, 1898, contains a Bible given to Herman Markert by the Tampa Headquarters of the Army Christian Commission and articles of equipment and clothing used by soldiers stationed in Lakeland in 1898. Included are a campaign hat, gauntlets, and a mess kit.