Colorado's Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine Wars, by Geoffrey R. Hunt

By Geoffrey R. Hunt

The First Colorado Regiment enlisted in 1898 to struggle Spaniards in Cuba, yet ended up scuffling with within the Philippines. prior to they can subscribe to the crusade in Cuba, Commodore George Dewey's usa army squadron destroyed the Spanish fleet at Manila in may perhaps 1898. Dewey lacked the infantry essential to grab the town itself, so the Colorado defense force used to be rushed to the Philippines. The Colorado troops led the attack on Manila, seizing castle San Antonio de Abad and elevating the 1st American flag over the capitol urban.

With the Spanish-American struggle over, the Filipinos anticipated independence. whilst it was once transparent independence wouldn't be granted, tensions among the Filipinos and the american citizens fixed until eventually they escalated into conflict in February 1899. The Coloradoans fought opposed to the Filipinos in what got here to be referred to as the Philippine revolt. The warfare to unfastened Cubans from Spanish rule had develop into a struggle to topic Filipinos to American rule.

The First Colorado Infantry represents the expectancies and reviews of citizen squaddies in America's quest for empire on the finish of the 19th century. In his examine, Geoffrey Hunt comprises charts that rfile the reorganization of the Colorado nationwide protect through the overdue 19th century, the U.S. military command constitution within the Philippines, 1898-1899, and the volunteer regiments' participants' deaths within the Philippines.

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Ralph Lister had been a member of the cadet corps at West Denver High School, and made Captain of Cadets in , the year he graduated.  Provided a man was in good health, he could usually enlist, but membership was not open to all.  The patriotic assembly broke up with the determination to work with Colorado Springs and Colorado City to assemble the required number. E. Church in a meeting chaired by Rev. Oscar J. M. Scott. After patriotic speeches and a “stirring address,” they Resolved, While we deplore the absence of a colored company in our state militia organization, we are nevertheless patriotic, and tender our services to the governor of the state of Colorado as volunteers; therefore be it further Resolved that we commend W.

Irving Hale, commander of the First (and only) Brigade of the Colorado National Guard, would assume command of the consolidated regiment. Hale had first arrived in Colorado at the age of four, after a forty-day wagon journey from St. Louis to Central City. His father, Dr. H. M. Hale, was the University of Colorado’s first president, and his tutoring supplied Irving Hale’s entire education until , when young Hale enrolled in East Denver High School. He graduated in , East Denver High’s first honors graduate.

Although primarily drawn from Europe, they also included natives of India, Chile, and Argentina. Canada supplied  men, as did the Scandinavian countries. The British Isles (including Ireland) furnished  recruits, and  Germans enlisted. The other  percent of the regiment were born in the United States. Of the , men for whom birthplace is known,  percent were born in Colorado. Almost as many came from Iowa. The single largest contingent of men hailed from Illinois,  percent of the total, and  percent came from Missouri.

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