Charles Johnson Post
Private, United States Army
Johnson Post was born August 27, 1873, and died September 25, 1956.
He was an artist and journalist. He was engaged as artist-journalist and
editoral writer with the Associated Press. he also directed the film "The
Making of a Sailor" for the Navy Department. He was also the author of
such books as "Private Enterprise Did This" and "The Little War of Private
Post." He demonstrated first successful talking motion pictures.
Inventor of Post process of subtractive color photographs. He also painted
famous Spanish War collection of Spanish American War in Cuba.
The Little War of Private Post,This posthumous publication on the War with Spain is a generally straightforward, often amusing, frequently colorful, and occasionally gripping narrative of a New York artist-volunteer who landed with the Fifth Army Corps at Siboney, rushed to aid the Rough Riders at Las Guasimas, fought through the horrors of Bloody Ford and Hell's Pocket, participated in the siege of Santiago, and survived the fever-ridden aftermath at Montauk Point.-Military Affairs.
Charles Johnson Post (1873-1956) received not
one but two handmade red flannel bellybands for protection against tropical
fevers when he enlisted as a private in 1898 with the 71st New York Infantry.
He was paid a monthly wage of $13.00, with an additional $1.30 combat pay
per month. Setting off for what he later termed the little wars that are
the mere trivia of history, he came back to write a mild chronicle of many
little men who were painting on a big canvas, and of their little epic
routines of life, with a common death at their elbow. It is only the little,
but keen, tribulations that made the epic routine of an old-fashioned war.