Honoring Wyoming's Fallen Heroes of

The Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War, fought in 1898, was a pivotal moment in history that showcased the valor and sacrifices of countless soldiers. In a struggle spanning just over three months, American forces engaged with Spanish troops in a conflict that marked the emergence of the United States as a global power. The war, ignited by the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, was fueled by the United States’ support for the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain. American soldiers, both young and seasoned, fought bravely on foreign soils, displaying remarkable courage and determination. Their sacrifices, often under challenging and harsh conditions, paved the way for the liberation of Cuba, and the acquisition of territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. This war, though brief, left a significant mark on history, and the soldiers who perished are forever honored for their role in shaping a new era in international relations.

Wyoming, though a young state at the time of the Spanish-American War, played a notable role in this historic conflict. Its contribution, primarily through the 1st Wyoming Volunteer Infantry Regiment, exemplifies the state’s spirit and commitment to the nation’s causes. The volunteers from Wyoming, eager to serve, were a testament to the state’s patriotic fervor. They journeyed far from their homes, ready to face the unknown challenges of war. Their participation not only showcased Wyoming’s willingness to support national efforts but also brought recognition to the state’s bravery and dedication. The men of Wyoming stood shoulder to shoulder with fellow Americans, fighting for a cause they believed in, and their contributions are a significant part of Wyoming’s rich historical tapestry.

Because the War happened long ago, we do not have robust information on all the Wyoming soldiers who participated or perished, but we hope to continue to expand this database.

If you have information on Wyoming’s contribution to this war that you would like to share, feel free to send an email to [email protected]

GradeLast NameFirst Name
PrivateSpachJoseph M.
PrivateWeidmerRay F.


5 unnamed Wyoming soldiers were killed in a train accident en route to Florida.

30 unnamed Wyoming soldiers died of Typhoid in Florida.

3 died of disease in Cuba.