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DCs and Presidents – William McKinley at Camp Wikoff, Long Island, 1898

President William McKinley at Camp Wikoff

President William McKinley visits Camp Wikoff, Long Island, September 10, 1898


(Photograph reproduced with permission of Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)
Our February blog series on U.S. Presidents continues with this stereoscope photograph showing, at left, a Daughter of Charity speaking with President William McKinley (right) who visited Camp Wikoff on Sept. 10, 1898. Between them is McKinley’s Secretary of War, Russell Alger. Camp Wikoff, located at Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, was established in August 1898 as a Federal demobilization and quarantine camp for troops returning from Cuba at the close of the Spanish-American War.

Although the sister is unidentified, it’s tempting to think that it might be Sr. Adelaide who, when asked by McKinley what the sisters might need, told him more orderlies. Forty were sent in the following day. All told, 201 Daughters of Charity nursed at eleven hospitals during the Spanish American War; 110 of them eventually served at Camp Wikoff. Of those sisters, four (Sr. Anastasia, Sr. Mary Elizabeth, Sr. Mary and Sr. Mary Agnes) died of exposure to typhoid fever brought home by their patients. This photograph is part of the collection that recently arrived in the Provincial Archives from Albany. Some of the details of the Daughters’ work at Camp Wikoff were taken from Sr. Gertrude Fenner’s 1949 thesis “The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the Spanish American War,” APSL (formerly ASJPH) 10-1-6-#3.

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DCs in Spanish American War (2)

DCs in Spanish American War (2)

(Photograph reproduced with permission of Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)
The Daughters of Charity so often get credit for nursing in the Civil War that their work in other conflicts is overshadowed. Previously, we posted a photograph of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, temporarily quarantined at Camp Wikoff, Montauk Point on Long Island, New York, upon their return from action in the Spanish American War. Today, we highlight another treasure that underscores the Daughters as nurses at this same hospital: a stereoscope photograph showing, at left, a Daughter speaking with President William McKinley (right) who visited Camp Wikoff on Sept. 10, 1898. Between them is McKinley’s Secretary of War, Russell Alger. Although the sister is unidentified, it’s tempting to think that it might be Sr. Adelaide who, when asked by McKinley what the sisters might need, told him more orderlies. Forty were sent in the following day. All told, 201 Daughters of Charity nursed at eleven hospitals during the Spanish American War; 110 of them eventually served at Camp Wikoff. Of those sisters, four (Sr. Anastasia, Sr. Mary Elizabeth, Sr. Mary and Sr. Mary Agnes) died of exposure to typhoid fever brought home by their patients. This photograph is part of the collection that recently arrived in the Provincial Archives from Albany. Some of the details of the Daughters’ work at Camp Wikoff were taken from Sr. Gertrude Fenner’s 1949 thesis “The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the Spanish American War,” APSL (formerly ASJPH) 10-1-6-#3.

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DCs in Spanish American War (1)

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(Photo of Teddy Roosevelt at Camp Wikoff used with permission of Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)
Theodore Roosevelt makes a farewell address to soldiers at Camp Wikoff, 1898. Camp Wikoff, located at Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, was established in August 1898 as a Federal demobilization and quarantine camp for troops returning from Cuba at the close of the Spanish-American War. More than 20,000 soldiers were housed at Camp Wikoff. The camp’s medical staff included three hundred nurses, among them 110 Daughters of Charity. The most prominent of the returning quarantined soldiers were Roosevelt and his Rough Riders.

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