San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
War in the Philippines
The Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, and the Presidio
—1898 – 1902 —
On May 18, 1898, the Spanish fleet guarding the Philippine Islands was defeated by the U.S. Navy under the command of Commodore George Dewey. Unaware of Dewey’s success, President McKinley authorized the assembling of troops to mount a campaign against the capital of Manila. The military base best suited the as a staging point for these troops was the Presidio of San Francisco. From 1898 through 1900, 80,000 soldiers passed through the post on their way to the Philippines.
After the was against Spain ended, United States leaders decided to give Cuba its independence but keep the Philippines. In 1899, this led to fighting against Philippine “Insurrectos” who wanted their independence. The fighting diminished after the capture of the nationalist leader Emilio Aguinaldo. The conflict officially ended on July 4, 1902. With its new overseas possessions (the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico), the United States emerged as a world power.
Signs of the brief
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service.
Location. 37° 47.986′ N, 122° 27.47′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Graham Street. Click for map. Marker is located at Pershing Square, Moraga Avenue and Graham Streets. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94123, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ordoñez Gun (here, next to this marker); North West Corner of Original Presidio (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery Street Barracks (about 700 feet away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (about 800 feet away); Presidio of San Francisco First Women in the Army: U.S. Army Nurse Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Lover’s Lane (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
Regarding War in the Philippines. Also see: The Ordonez Gun marker for additional information.
Also see . . .
1. The Spanish American War “A Splendid Little War”. (Submitted on October 18, 2008.)
2. The Philippine War - A Conflict of Conscience for African Americans. (Submitted on March 25, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. "Philippine Insurrection"
Categories. • Military • Notable Events • Notable Places • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,704 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.