Bloody Ford, July 1st, Cuba, Spanish-American War.
The Gatling Guns - Cuba, 1898
Charles Johnson Post was born August 27, 1873 in New York City. An artist and journalist, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City under John Twachtman, Kenyon Cox, J. Carroll Beckwith, and Harper Pennington. He was engaged as artist-journalist and editorial writer with the Associated Press. He also directed the film "The Making of a Sailor" for the Navy Department. He was also the author of such books as "Private Enterprise Did This" and "The Little War of Private Post." He demonstrated first successful talking motion pictures and is recognised as the inventor of post process of subtractive color photographs. In 1898, Post enlisted as a private in with the 71st New York Infantry, U.S.V., which served with a regiment of the Fifth Army Corps and worked also as an illustrator for the Army, where contributed an important series of sketches from the war with Spain.
The Little War of Private Post, his posthumous publication on the War with Spain is a generally straightforward, often amusing, frequently colorful, and occasionally gripping narrative of a New York artist-volunteer who landed with the Fifth Army Corps at Siboney, rushed to aid the Rough Riders at Las Guasimas, fought through the horrors of Bloody Ford and Hell's Pocket, participated in the siege of Santiago, and survived the fever-ridden aftermath at Montauk Point.
Charles Johnson Post received not one but two handmade red flannel bellybands for protection against tropical fevers when he enlisted. He was paid a monthly wage of $13.00, with an additional $1.30 combat pay per month. Setting off for what he later termed the little wars that are the mere trivia of history, he came back to write a mild chronicle of many little men who were painting on a big canvas, and of their little epic routines of life, with a common death at their elbow. It is only the little, but keen, tribulations that made the epic routine of an old-fashioned war. He died in September, 1956. He has been represented by actor Greg Thompson in the recent film First Intervention: The Spanish-American War, produced by The History Channel and NFL Films.