The Philippine Scouts

To assist with the occupation of the Philippine Islands following the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Army began to employ native Filipinos as soldiers and scouts. In September 1899, a group […]

Major General James Franklin Bell

James Franklin Bell was born near Shelbyville, Kentucky, on 9 January 1856. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1878. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 9th Cavalry upon graduation […]

Major General Henry W. Lawton, USA

While he had served with distinction in the Civil War and Indian Wars, Henry W. Lawton rose to national prominence for his service in the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection. […]

Lieutenant General John Coalter Bates

John Coalter Bates was born in St. Charles County, Missouri on 26 August 1842 and attended Washington University in St. Louis. At the opening of the Civil War, Bates was commissioned a first lieutenant […]

A Desperate Undertaking: Funston Captures Aguinaldo

By Matthew J. Seelinger, Chief Historian Following the acquisition of the Philippines from Spain after the Spanish-American War, the United States became embroiled in a bloody and increasingly frustrating and […]