The collection primarily contains black and white photographs of Peking, China during the time of the Boxer Rebellion, some
with handwritten inscriptions, ca. 1900-1901, as well as 1 map of Peking, 1 identification card, and a copy of Thomas' discharge
papers. The photographs include portraits and group shots of a number of 9 U.S. Infantry soldiers, Peking scenes, as well
as some very graphic images of executions.
John Wesley Thomas was born in Decatur, Illinois ca. 1869, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1899. He served in Company B of
the Ninth Regiment of Infantry, as part of the China Relief Expedition of 1900, and was honorably discharged in 1902. His
discharge papers list his occupation as embalmer and indicate he was transported back to the U.S., via Japan, in 1903.
.4 linear feet
(1 document box)
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