STATE FENCIBLES OF PHILADELPHIA ENROLLED IN TR'S ARMY
New York City (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 13, 1917, Captain William E. Dame, recruiting officer for former President Theodore Roosevelt's tentative army, announced the enrollment of the State Fencibles of Philadelphia*. Colonel Thomas S. Lanard** offered his entire command of 1200 to TR.
Captain Dame also announced that 11,000 men had enrolled by mail over the previous four days and while although a full regiment of 1800 from Oregon had offered its services, TR had said that he would accept no state units but intended to nationalize every unit under his command.
*Old Guard State Fencibles (1813-1981) was a military organization raised in Philadelphia as a part of the Pennsylvania Militia & continued as a unit in the National Guard until 1900.
**Thomas South Lanard enlisted in Co. D of the OGSF in 1905 & was commissioned a 1st Lt. In 1906, TSL was commissioned as a Captain & Adjutant, a Major in 1913 & Colonel in 1917.
"Manuscript, Group 379," State Fencibles Collection, www.phnc.state.pa.us/
"OLD PENN GUARDS YEARN TO FIGHT FOR ROOSEVELT," The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 14, 1917.
"Spectemour Agendo: A History of the State Fencibles 1913-1919," by Thomas South Lanard, I.F. Huntzinger Company, Camden, N.J., 1920.
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt
Photo by B. J. Falk, 1898
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