Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Spanish American War 1898/Philippine Insurrection 1899-1913
Spanish American War 1898
I am Petty Officer Arnold Wojciechowski of the USS Olympia, a cruiser commissioned by the US Navy in 1895. The Spanish-American War resulted form the ongoing Cuban and Philippine Wars of Independence. Exaggerated newspaper accounts of “atrocities” committed by the Spanish in Cuba incensed the American public. To underscore American concern, the Battleship Maine sailed to Havana, but at 9:40 PM on February 15, 1898, the Maine sank in the harbor after a massive explosion, which killed 266 sailors. I had served with some of those boys and my mates and I were hopping mad, as was the rest of the United States. The Navy concluded a month later that the powder magazines blew due to an external explosion under the ship’ s hull. The newspapers blamed a mine and screamed for action. Congress declared war on April 25, 1898. On May 1, 1898, Commodore Dewey—with his flag aboard Olympia—steamed us into Manila Bay in the Philippines. At approximately 5:40AM, we began sailing back and forth in line and not only destroyed the Spanish fleet but captured the harbor. By June, US and Filipino
USS Maine in Havana Harbor
1st Volunteer Cav (Rough Riders)
Yo soy el soldado Joaquin Bexar de la Hukbóng Pamayapa ng Pilipinas. Mi Ingles is no good so I use translator from here. I am Private Joaquin Bexar of the Philippine Constabulary. We are a paramilitary police force established in 1901 by US Army Captain Henry Allen. Our mission is to help the US fight the Filipino rebels who have been protesting the US presence since 1899. The rebels’ cause went back to 1898 when the US and Filipino forces worked together to oust the Spanish. During a mock attack on Manila where the Spanish and US staged a short fight to satisfy Spanish honor, the rebels were not permitted to come into Manila. After this, the US did not turn the country over to the newly formed First Philippine Republic. Instead the US annexed it and made the Philippines a US territory governed by American authorities. On June 2, 1899, the Republic officially declared war against the US. Reports of atrocities by both sides –some real, some made up – circulated and aroused hard feelings. I fought in a number of short skirmishes and used my hunting dog, Jefe, to sniff out ambushes. Although lightly equipped, the constabulary had good Krag rifles and ammunition. The rebels lacked modern weapons and ammunition, so many were only armed with bolo knives, bows and arrows, and spears. They were defeated, and this phase of the Insurrection
Location. 34° 44.106′ N, 86° 35.318′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Monroe Street Northwest and Washington Street Northwest, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located along Patriots Walkway in Veterans Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Monroe St NW, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I (Great War)/1914 – 1918 (here, next to this marker); Late Indian Wars (here, next to this marker); Korean War / Cold War-Korea 1953- (here, next to this marker); Seminole Wars / Mexican War (a few steps from this marker); World War II - European Theater of Operations (ETO) (a few steps from this marker); 1959-1975/Vietnam War/Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); Cold War-Global 1945-/ Cold War-Germany 1945-1990 (a few steps from this marker); Gulf War-1991/War on Terrorism (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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