The Philippine-American War began after the Spanish-American War of 1898, when Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States in the Treaty of Paris. In February 1899, two days before the treaty was ratified by the United States Senate, fighting broke out between American forces and Filipino nationalists. The conflict lasted for three years (1899-1902), and in July 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed general amnesty and declared the conflict over. The United States established a colonial government in the Philippines, and in 1907 the colony convened its first elected assembly. In 1916, the Jones Act promised the Philippines eventual independence. It became an autonomous commonwealth in 1935, and was granted independence in 1946.
The Sandra Plummer Photograph Collection was acquired by the Fort Worth Library Archives through a donation by Sandra C. Plummer. The collection consists of photographs, including a small album, documenting the involvement of American troops in the Philippine-American War. Research suggests that the images chronicle the experiences of Company G of the 38th U.S. Volunteer (USV) Infantry during its Trans-Pacific journey from the United States to the Philippines, and its tour of duty through the Philippine Islands. Other units of the 38th USV are also represented, along with members of the U.S. 8th Army Corps.
Very little is known about the photographs in this collection, and considerable research was done to assist in their description. We encourage you to contact the Fort Worth Library Archives email@example.com if you have information pertaining to the images.