Cane inscribed REMEMBER THE MAINE & OUR HEROES DEWEY, SCHLEY & HOBSON

  • Unidentified, Cane inscribed REMEMBER THE MAINE & OUR HEROES DEWEY, SCHLEY & HOBSON, after 1898, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.4

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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.

Title
Cane inscribed REMEMBER THE MAINE & OUR HEROES DEWEY, SCHLEY & HOBSON
Artist
Date
after 1898
Location
Dimensions
34 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (88.0 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • History – United States – Maine
  • Figure male – bust
Object Number
1986.65.4
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