Philippine-American War

The Spanish-American War was a war waged against Spain by the United States in 1898, for the purpose of liberating Cuba from Spanish rule. The war grew out of the Cuban struggle for independence, which became an active revolution in 1895 because of the neglect by Spain to keep promises of reform made to the Cuban people. It would be the first overseas war fought by the United States, involving campaigns in both Cuba and the Philippine Islands.

On April 24, 1898, in response to the explosion of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana harbor, the United States declared war on Spain. It was called the “Splendid Little War,” which lasted only three months and caused 5,462 American deaths, most from disease. On July 26, Spain requested peace terms, and McKinley announced his terms as independence for Cuba, U.S. control of Puerto Rico, and U.S. occupation of Manila until further negotiation. However, the United States gained even more at the Paris Peace conference. In Article II of the Treaty of Peace Between the United States and Spain,"Spain cedes to the United States the archipelago known as the Philippine Islands." In exchange for $20 million, the United States gained control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Wake Island, Guam, and the Philippines.

The Philippine-American War was a war between the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines from 1899 through 1913.

If you have information regarding an ancestor's participation in this or any other war and his/her name is missing from the list below, please contact me.

The listing below includes, name - birth date - enlistment date - company & rank - and source of information (when available).

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