I have a photo of my Great Grandfather, Malte Behrendt in uniform and I am trying to determine when and where he may have served, what military action, etc.
He was born 02 MAR 1856 and emigrated in 1882. I was told he was in the German Kaiser's Army and received his basic training from (or with?) Prince William who later became the Kaiser of Germany. The story went that Prince William would set up a keg of beer for the men in the army, every weekend in town. Malte spent four years in war.
I am not very good at history, so any help would be appreciated. Photo attached. The photo was taken in St Louis, but his shoulder strap makes me think the uniform is German. I should also note someone has written in the back of the photo "Spanish American War"