|This photographic study of a member of “B” Troop, 7th United States Cavalry would have remained unidentified had it not been for the lucky inclusion of this soldier’s calling
card with the lot when purchased.
A native of Greiz, Germany, Emil Paul Vieweg arrived in the United States in 1906 and like so many other recent immigrants enlisted in the army soon thereafter on 14
December, 1907. Attached as a private to “B” Troop of the famed 7th U.S. Cavalry, Vieweg served out his term of enlistment at Fort Riley, Kansas. He took his discharge on
13 December, 1910. At that time his character was listed as “Excellent”.
Army life must have agreed with him but perhaps having grown tired of the rather flat and boring landscape of Kansas, Vieweg re-enlisted as a private on 23 May, 1911 at
Fort Wadsworth, New York this time with 53 Company, United States Coast Artillery Corps. If Vieweg had intend to make a career in the army it was a short lived hope since
he was admitted to Walter Reed Army Hospital for an unknown reason on 11 November, 1912. He returned to duty at Fort Wadsworth, New York on 23 December, 1912 after
more than a year in the hospital. Vieweg was discharged for disability on 16 May, 1913. At this time his character was stated as being “good”. He applied for an army
disability pension on 5 June, 1918. Interestingly this application did not prevent his registering for the draft on 12 September 1918. I have found no evidence of Vieweg serving
another hitch during World War One.
According to above mentioned draft registration, Vieweg was born on 16 September, 1885 and was married with his wife’s name being Theresa. He was employed as a time
keeper with the J. L. Sommers Manufacturing Company, a firm that produced “wire novelties”. The couple made their home in Newark, New Jersey. The couple was still
residing in Newark in 1930 during which time Vieweg was now employed as a department store manager.
In the 1930 United States Census all adult males had their status as veterans listed. Even though Veiweg clearly served in the U.S. Army he was listed as a non-veteran. I
have seen several other similar cases and it seems that the enumerators for the 1930 census only listed those former soldiers who had served in a war as veterans. For those
men who the “veteran” box was marked “yes” it was always followed by a notation of “WW” for World War One, “SP” for the Spanish-American War and in a few cases by
this late date “CW” for Civil War. It should also be noted that there was no veteran credit given to those soldiers who had taken part in the many Indian Wars I have never
seen one listed as such.
Vieweg and his wife who was 17 years his senior seem to have remained childless and he passed away on 4 December 1947 and was buried at the Soldier’s Home National
Cemetery, Washington DC.
Mounted Photograph (trimmed)
6 3/4 Inches by 4 7/8 Inches (17.5 cm x 12.5 cm)
Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
|Left: Private Emil Vieweg's calling
card used while he was a member
of "B" Troop, 7th Regiment,
United States Cavalry. His
photographic portrait is attached
to the card in the manner and size
of a postage stamp. The
photograph is exactly the same
image seen in the larger photo
shown above. The card and larger
portrait were in all likelihood
produced as a package. Such
packages were probably offered at
a discount and sold in various
combinations to the soldiers
stationed at Fort Riley.
2 Inches by 3 1/2 Inches
(5.2 cm x 9.1 cm)
|Above: A Real Photo Postcard titled "B Troop Sports Taking Life Easy". The photograph was taken somewhere in the vicinity of Fort Riley,
Kansas c 1908 shows nine members of B Troop, 7th United States Cavalry as well as three young men who may have been the sons of some of
these soldiers. Private Emil Vieweg stands at right leaning against the tree.
Real Photo Postcard
3 1/2 Inches by 5 1/2 Inches
(8.7 cm x 13.8 cm)
Fort Riley, Kansas, United States of America