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The Ordoņez Gun

A “War Prize” from the Philippines – 1899

 
 
The Ordoņez Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
1. The Ordoņez Gun Marker
Inscription.  
The Presidio’s Ordoņez gun was originally mounted in a Spanish coastal fort at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Undamaged during the Spanish American War, the gun was captured by Filipino nationalists, who were known as “Insurrectos” by the occupying Americans.

In September 1899, a combined U.S. Army-Navy force attacked the Filipino positions at Subic Bay. This gun was reported to have been destroyed by shellfire from the American cruiser USS Charleston. Some historians suggest that the damage was caused by the explosion of a shell within the gun.

Following the war, numerous captured guns from the Philippines were brought to the United States as war prizes. Publisher William Randolph Hearst acquired this Ordoņez gun and presented it to the City of San Francisco. It was on display in Columbia Square Park until 1973, when the U.S. Army acquired the gun for display at the Presidio.

This Ordoņez gun has been preserved in its battle-damaged state as a reminder of the U.S. Army soldiers who passed through the Presidio during the conflict in the Philippines, and their Spanish and Filipino opponents who manned the weapon.
The Ordoņez Gun Marker with Gun in Background image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
2. The Ordoņez Gun Marker with Gun in Background
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Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable EventsNotable PlacesWar, Spanish-American. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1899.
 
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. Marker is located Pershing Square at Moraga Avenue and Graham Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94123, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Philippines (here, next to this marker); Sixth Army Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ammunition Magazine (about 400 feet away); Infantry Row (about 400 feet away); Pershing Square (about 500 feet away); Montgomery Street Barracks (about 500 feet away); Outpost of an Empire (about 500 feet away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Spanish American War “A Splendid Little War”. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. Pershing Square. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

3. Presidio of San Francisco
Close Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
3. Close Up of Photo on Marker
The Ordoņez gun in San Francisco's Columbia Square Park, surrounded by refugees from the 1906 earthquake.
. Military Museum of California website entry (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
Additional keywords. Philippine American War
 
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
A restored Ordoņez gun at San Juan National Historic Park in Puerto Rico. This rifled artillery piece, developed by Captain don Salvador Diaz Ordoņez of the Spanish army, could fire a 500-pound shell nearly seven miles. The Spanish military mounted Ordoņez guns in coastal forts in Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere.
An Additional Ordoņez Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
April 18, 2009
5. An Additional Ordoņez Gun Marker
At the base of the gun is an additional marker, mounted on a low concrete pillar. The marker reads:
Relocated from the Bessie Carmichael School (Originally Columbia Square) in July 1973 with the advice and consent of San Francisco Board of Education and the assistance of the Honorable Trinidad Alconcel, Consul General, Republic of the Philippines, and the Philippine Community of San Francisco.
Emplaced on this site July 1973
By order of John L. Fellows Junior, Commanding Officer, Presidio of San Francisco
The Ordoņez Gun image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
6. The Ordoņez Gun
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,041 times since then and 158 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on May 5, 2009.   6. submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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