Cane inscribed REMEMBER THE MAINE & OUR HEROES DEWEY, SCHLEY & HOBSON
carved and painted wood 34 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (88.0 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A
Luce Center Label
An unknown artist created this cane to memorialize the American battleship Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in 1898. This incident inspired the slogan “Remember the Maine,” and started the Spanish-American War (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). The names on the cane are those of Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917), Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Schley (1839-1911), and Lieutenant Richmond Pearson Hobson (1870-1937), all of whom served in the war.
Figure male - bust
History - United States - Maine