San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Ordoņez Gun
A “War Prize” from the Philippines – 1899
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.
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service.
Location. 37° Touch for map. Marker is located Pershing Square at Moraga Avenue and Graham Street. 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. War in the Philippines (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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Women in the Army: U.S. Army Nurse Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. ž mile away); Lovers Lane (approx. ž mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .
1. The Spanish American War “A Splendid Little War”. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Pershing Square. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Military Museum of California: Presidio of San Francisco. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Events • Notable Places • War, Spanish-American •
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