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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wars That Shaped the Nation

The Spanish-American War

 
 
Wars That Shaped the Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2014
1. Wars That Shaped the Nation Marker
The text on the replacement marker varies just slightly from that on the original marker.
Inscription.
On April 25, 1898, Congress declared war against Spain after the USS Maine blew up under mysterious circumstances in the port of Havana, Cuba. The U.S. raised an expeditionary army to liberate Cuba and the Philippines from Spanish rule. After a sharp clash at San Juan Hill, the Spanish surrendered Cuba on 17 July. The Spanish surrendered Manila on 13 August after a naval battle in which Admiral Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet, but for the next three years, Filipinos resisted American rule. The war expanded U.S. possessions and the Army overseas, and established America’s role as a world power in the twentieth century.

West Pointers played significant roles at all levels in the conduct of the war. Joseph Wheeler, Jr. (USMA 1859), a Confederate General in the Civil War served as Corps Commander in Cuba. John J. Pershing (USMA 1886), later the Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, saw his first combat as a lieutenant in Cuba.

The three trophies from the war represent the accelerating change in weapons technology at the end of the nineteenth century. These weapons typify the complete conversion to steel, the breechloading and rifled weapons that followed the Civil War, and the tremendous increase in range and firepower of weaponry in general.
 
Location.
Spanish-American Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
2. Spanish-American Marker
41° 23.715′ N, 73° 57.386′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at Trophy Point in the U.S. Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wars that Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome To Trophy Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); West Point Benches (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Our National Heritage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Tour the “Wars that shaped the Nation” markers found at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy.
 
Categories. War, Spanish-American
 
New Spanish American War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2014
3. New Spanish American War Marker
Marker at Trophy Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. Marker at Trophy Point
Spanish American War Trophy image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
5. Spanish American War Trophy
Spanish American War Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
6. Spanish American War Cannon
Cannons at Trophy Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
7. Cannons at Trophy Point
Cannon taken during the Spanish American War can be seen in this photo.
 
 
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