George Hoffman Penrose
Colonel, United States Army
Hoffman Penrose, Colonel, United States Army
June 4, 1861-January 6, 1930
George Hoffman Penrose of New York
Buried in the same area as William Henry Penrose, Brigadier General, United States Army. It is believed that the General was his father.
Katherine Hughart Penrose, the wife of George
Puerto Rico Expedition During the Spanish-American War:
Shortly after the establishment of the first brigade hospital, Major George H. Penrose, a Brigade Surgeon of the U.S. Volunteers, set up the second. Some of the total of a hundred hospital tents on hand for the use of these two facilities were never needed. The men had been living under arduous conditions, "alternately roasted and basted by the sun and the rain," and, out of desperation in the last stages of the campaign, forced to drink whatever water they could find, but the sick rate was only 4 percent. Of the 124 still hospitalized on 13 August, more than half were wounded.
On 13 August, the final day of Spanish resistance, between 40 and 47 men were wounded. Majors Penrose and Cardwell were at the front all day, supervising care and evacuation. The rocks and holes characteristic of the roads in the area made it likely that litter-bearers would fall, tossing the wounded onto the ground, and thus only a few of the most seriously injured were moved in this way. Since the construction of travois for their patients would have been too time-consuming, surgeons resorted to "native carromatas, two-wheeled carts drawn by diminutive ponies . . . most abominable vehicles," to move the casualties three to five miles to Camp Dewey over "execrable roads" so rough that the jostling tore dressings loose. The natives who drove the "abominable vehicles" worked under guard to prevent desertion. Ambulance stations were set up along the road so that the damage to patients and their dressings could be repaired. Despite the difficulties, by 1900 hours of the day the guns fell silent, all wounded had received medical care and been placed in their beds in one of the hospitals.
PENROSE, GEORGE H
PENROSE, KATHERINE H W/O GEORGE H
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, 1999
Posted: 24 December 2001 Updated: 10 October 2002 Updated: 17 August 2003 Updated: 4 September 2004 Updated: 14 September 2005 Updated: 16 October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003