The Micah John Jenkins Camp No. 164 of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans was Chartered as a Camp At-Large of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans on July 4th, 2004, in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, with the blessing of National President David Hall and National Secretary Henry Reinwald. At the time of its chartering the Camp had 13 Charter Members and was organized by Kenneth H. Robison II, who was also elected as the first President of the Camp.
The Camp holds an Annual Business Meeting in January of each year at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Museum, in conjunction with a Memorial service for "Remember the Maine Day." At this meeting the Camp elects the Officers for the year, selects upcoming events, and handles other necessary business. As a result of the spread out Nature of the Camp it is difficult to hold Monthly meetings, so in place of them it was decided to hold one Annual Buisness Meeting, and additional meetings every two months (January, March, May, July, September, and October). For more information about Camp Meetings and Activities please see the Camp Calendar. The Camp also send out every month a Newsletter, "The Picket," to all members of the Camp, as well as the regular communications conducted by E-Mail, Phone Calls, Faxes, Letters, etc....
The Members of the Camp are actively involved in gathering the names and Burial Locations of the Veterans of the Spanish American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition, as well as in in locating and recording the location and condition of Spanish American War Monuments throughout the South. We also try and ensure that the Graves and Monuments to these Veterans are properly cared for. We are also actively gathering in all information pertaining to the United States Troops in the Spanish American War from all states, and compiling rosters of all United States Volunteers.
For More Information about Membership, Activites, etc., of the Camp please contact Camp President Kenneth H. Robison.
PRESIDENTKenneth H. Robison
SECRETARY-TREASURERChristopher A.R. Robison
SERGEANT AT ARMSWilliam Stallings
CAMP COLOR BEARERMatthew E. Wilbanks
CAMP TRUSTEE'SAlvey L. Lamb Jr. (1 year)Samuel Tyson (2 year)Matthew E. Wilbanks (3 year)
Eligibility to Hereditary Membership in the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans is open to male descendants (sons, grandsons, great-grandsons, nephews, grand nephews, great grand nephews, etc.) of Soldiers, Sailors, or Marines who were regularly mustered into United States Service and served honorably in, or were honorably discharged from, or died in the service of the Army or Navy of the United Stated during the War With Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition from 1898 to 1903. Membership applicants must be at least twelve (12) years of age and must not have been convicted of any heinous or notorious crime (felony).
Associate Memberships are available to those who do not have the ancestry to qualify for hereditary membership, but who demonstrate a genuine interest in the War With Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition from 1898 to 1903, and who can subscribe to the purposes and objects of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, may become Associates. An Associate may vote and hold any office except that of National President Associates may not exceed one-third of the total membership of the camp at the time of election.
For additional information on how to join the Micah J. Jenkins Camp No. 164, or the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, please email
"Then there was Micah Jenkins, the Captain of Troop K, a gentle and courteous South Carolinian, on whom danger acted like wine. In action he was a perfect game-cock, and he won his majority for gallantry in battle." - Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, 1898.
In such brief form, and barren of the stirring events which so often mark their lives, do we epitomize the span of life of our soldiers; and Jenkins was, by inheritance, natural instinct, training and, during his military life, always a gallant soldier. To those who knew him well, and the writer knew him from the day he reported at West Point to the date of his death, there were events in the life of this man which made him beloved by his classmates and friends and are worthy of remembrance and emulation by all in the Army.
The one pre-eminent quality of Jenkins was his ability to make and keep friendships. This quality rested on his attractiveness of looks and manner which, as acquaintance developed into intimacy and then into friendship, were found to be based upon the loyalty, honesty, courage and gentleness inherent in the man. These are the qualities necessary for the soldier and it is not to be wondered at that he was a sincere man, a loyal gentleman and a soldier faithful to his duties.
His services in the Fourth Cavalry were marked by all these characteristics and it was with a feeling of distinct loss that the regiment learned of Jenkins' resignation. Going to his home in South Carolina, he took up the life of a planter as all his forbears had been, and when, in 1898, the First Volunteer Cavalry was being organized for service in the War with Spain and officers for that regiment were being sought, Jenkins, though in civil life, was offered a Captain's commission. He won his majority by gallantry in action and on the regiment being mustered out, Jenkins returned to civil life, subsequently being appointed Collector of Internal Revenues for his State, which position he held until his death, which was the direct result of disease contracted in the discharge of his duties. The people of his State delighted in doing him honor, presenting him with a sword after the Spanish-American War, the presentation being made by the then 'President of the United States.
The son of a gallant soldier (Brigadier General Micah Jenkins, CSA) who fell at the head of his troops on one of the bloody battlefields of Virginia, Jenkins carried without stain this inherited reputation and was a gentle and courteous South Carolinian, upon whom danger acted as a stimulant; and the name of Micah Jenkins brings to us who knew him all that was brave and chivalrous. He was modest as he was brave. Peace to his ashes.