Spanish-American / Philippines War
(1898 - 1902)
San Juan Heights/El Caney, Cuba (6/98-7/98) 1,475
Cuba Campaign (6/98-8/98) 350
Battle of February 4th, Philippines (2/99) 60
Balangiga Massacre, Philippines (9/01) 48
Manila, Philippines (7/98-8/98) 18
Santiago, Cuba (6/98-7/98) 17
Cardenas (Naval), Cuba (5/98) 5
Battle of Cavite, Philippines (6/99) 4
Battle of Lonoy, Philippines (3/01) 3
Manila (Naval), Philippines (5/98) 1
In Theater Deaths 6,680
Wounded in Service 4,480
Missing in Action 72
Illinois Deaths 284
Kane County Deaths 8
The last Spanish-American War veteran to die in Kane County, Fred H. Meister, died on 1/10/1969.
1898 - In April, the U.S.S. Maine was sent by President McKinley to Cuba. The Maine was at anchor in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, when it exploded and sank, killing 266 servicemen.
1898 - In April, Spain declared war, as did
1898 - In December, the Treaty of Paris was signed. Spain recognized Cuban independence, ceded Puerto Rico and "sold" the Philippines to the United States for $20,000,000.
1898 - The Filipinos began counterinsurgency [sic- insurgency] warfare against the United States to gain their independence.
1900 - Puerto Rico was given limited self-government by the United States.
1901 - The Philippine Insurrection ended.
1902 - The Philippine Government Act was passed by Congress, which inaugurated partial self-government in the Philippines.
The last Spanish American War veteran, Nathan E. Cook, died at the age of 106 on 9/10/1992.
90% of U. S. casualties were caused by malaria, yellow fever, typhoid and dysentery.
The Philippines War was the first major land campaign fought by the U.S. outside the Western Hemisphere.
The Spanish-American/Philippines War is considered America's first "imperialist" conflict.
Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders attack at Kettle Hill, Cuba. Dewey's Fleet steams into the Philippines.
"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."
President Theodore Roosevelt
Erected 2004 by Kane County Officials and Concerned
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Spanish-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series lists.
Location. 41° 52.774′ N, 88° 18.561′ W. Marker is in Geneva, Illinois, in Kane County. Memorial is on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 719 South Batavia Avenue, Geneva IL 60134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kane County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); World War II (here, next to this marker); Korean War (here, next to this marker); Vietnam (here, next to this marker); Kane County Government Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Masonic Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Geneva.
Also see . . .
1. The Spanish-American War, 1898. (Submitted on May 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War. (Submitted on May 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Spanish American War. (Submitted on May 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.