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Spanish-American War Veterans Monument

 
 
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument<br>West image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 25, 2011
1. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument
West
Inscription.
[West Plaque]:
Spanish War Veterans Insignia

[South Plaque]:
South Carolina Troops
in the Spanish-American War
First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry
Second South Carolina Volunteer Infantry
Anderson's Battery Heavy Artillery
South Carolina Naval Militia
—————
South Carolinians who volunteered for
The Yellow Fever Test in Cuba
were honored by the United States Congress
with a special Gold Medal and
a Lifetime Pension
Tech. Sgt. Levi E. Folk, Newberry
Pvt. James L. Hannerberry, Orangeburg
Pvt. Charles G. Sontag, Columbia

[East Plaque]:
Erected by
the State of South Carolina
and her citizens to honor the
memory of her sons who served
in the War with Spain,
The Philippine Insurrection and
The China Relief Expedition
1898-1902

Dedicated October 22nd, 1941
by the Department of South Carolina
United Spanish War Veterans

[North Plaque]:
Remember the Maine
—————
"Fire when you are ready Griddey."
Dewey - at Manilla, U.S.S. Olympia

"Don't cheer boys,
the poor devils are dying."
Capt. Phillips U.S.S.
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument<br>South Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 25, 2011
2. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument
South Plaque
Texas
at Santiago

 
Erected 1941 by State of South Carolina and Its Citizens.
 
Location. 34° 0.064′ N, 81° 1.985′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gervais Street and Main Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is located near the north facade of the South Carolina Statehouse. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The North-South Streets in The City Of Columbia / Richardson Street (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (Statue) (within shouting distance of this marker); South Carolina Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The East-West Streets In The City Of Columbia - Gervais Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The State House (within shouting distance of this marker); The State House of South Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Ryan Tillman (within shouting distance of this marker); Battleship Maine Memorial
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument<br>East Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 25, 2011
3. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument
East Plaque
(within shouting distance of this marker); African-American History Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sumter Street (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry. The 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry served its term of service in the continental U.S. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. A Brief History of the 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry. The unit served as part of the occupation forces in Cuba. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. A Brief History of the Heavy Battery, South Carolina Volunteer Artillery. The Heavy Battery, South Carolina Volunteer Artillery served its term of service in the continental U.S. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. A Brief History of the South Carolina Naval Militia. The South Carolina Naval Militia served on various ships during the war and manned a variety of shore stations. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. South Carolina Naval Militia.
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument<br>North image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 25, 2011
4. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument
North
Official website of the South Carolina Naval Militia. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Spanish-American War. The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, effectively the result of American intervention in the ongoing Cuban War of Independence. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Philippine Revolution. The Philippine Revolution (1896–1898), called the "Tagalog War" by the Spanish, was an armed military conflict between the people of the Philippines and the Spanish colonial authorities which resulted in the secession of the Philippine Islands from the Spanish Empire. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

8. China Relief Expedition. The China Relief Expedition was the name of an expedition in China undertaken by the United States Armed Forces to the rescue of United States citizens, European nationals, and other foreign nationals during the latter years of the Boxer Rebellion, which lasted from between 1898 and 1901. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

9. United States Army Yellow Fever Commission (1900 - 1901). When Major Walter Reed and Acting Assistant Surgeons James Carroll, Aristides Agramonte,
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 25, 2011
5. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument
and Jesse Lazear gathered on the porch of the Columbia Barracks Hospital in June of 1900, they became the fourth successive board of U.S. medical officers to grapple with the appalling plague that was yellow fever. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

10. United Spanish War Veterans. Soon after the Spanish-American War ended, in early 1899, discharged veterans rushed to form fraternal societies. (Submitted on December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Tech. Sgt. Levi E. Folk
One of the volunteers from Captain Langford's Company, Levi E. "Chink" Folk, remained in the regular army for twenty-five years. He was one of only five intrepid men who volunteered to nurse yellow fever victims and to be human guinea pigs for Colonel Walter Reed in his efforts to learn the cause of that disease in 1901.

Folk retired from the service in 1923 as a technical sergeant; in 1931 he was awarded a gold medal for "Conquest of Yellow Fever" and a monthly pension of $125 by Congress. On February 8, 1936, Folk died at the age of sixty-six. (Source: The History of Newberry County, South Carolina: 1860-1900 by Thomas H. Pope (1992), pg 101.)
Spanish-American War Veterans Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 16, 2011
6. Spanish-American War Veterans Monument Marker
    — Submitted December 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, Spanish-American
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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