Talk:Spanish–American War

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Removed assertion that the U.S. "backed" the Philippine Revolution.[edit]

Here, I've removed ", which the U.S. later backed upon entering the Spanish-American War", re the Philippine Revolution, and have rearranged the text a bit. This has been in the article for a long time ([1]). Commodore Dewey certainly facilitated the resumption of the revolution (which had been suspended in 1897 by the Pact of Biak-na-Bato) by returning Emil Aguinaldo to Manila from exile in Hong Kong, and this is explained a bit further down in this same section of the article. Asserting that the U.S. "backed" the revolution, though, overstates the extent and the depth of U.S. commitment in that regard. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill)

Possible US Navy photos[edit]

Click here for newly-released photos of the Spanish-American war, published by the US Navy, so no copyright issues. FYI.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 20:51, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Fantastic photos (see also [2]). At least one[3] seems doubtful as a work produced by employees of the United States federal government in the scope of their employment. The ones on Flickr (including that one) are annotated by them as "(CC by 2.0)", though. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 03:05, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes I had that same thought about the photo of the Spanish sailors. Maybe the photo was obtained by the US Navy afterwards? Either way, all photos should probably pass Commons copyright issues since they're before 1900.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 08:22, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

US-Withdraw.[edit]

This section ends "Still, when the Ninth left, 73 of its 984 soldiers had contracted the disease." But it never states when this withdraw happened. Nitpyck (talk) 20:13, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

who's a prominent/specialist historian/professor in the Philippines on this war?[edit]

I'm going there soon, and have a large folio of photos taken by my grandfather, Endre Johannes Cleven during his service with the US Army there in 1898-99; not sure of his discharge date, but he was back in Norway en route to Canada by 1900 so I don't think he stuck around for the Philippine-American War. I'd like some help if I can find it tracing his regiment's activities, and also nailing down the locations, and will undertake to photograph them as they are now as a project. I think the gallery is here but I have login issues to do with a bad clock on my motherboard so flickr won't let me see that for now.Skookum1 (talk) 08:18, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

To Skookum1: You might have better luck getting advice from people who post on genealogy/family history sites or perhaps sites for US Army veterans. Since Wikipedia is not focused on primary sources (see WP:PSTS), people with research experience in such sources, which are the ones you probably need, aren't as likely to visit here and even less likely to contribute here, in my experience.
When you post at such places, I'd ask for "advice or help." Just asking for help makes it sound a little like you're focusing on finding someone to work through stuff directly with you, and while that would be great, even tips on where to look can be helpful.
If that doesn't work and you're in the Phillipines, I'd go to a university and (assuming you're in an English-speaking area or know the local language—WP says the official languages are Filipino and English, with 19 recognized regional languages) ask around the history department and the library and library sciences department.
Good luck! I hope this helps somewhat. --Geekdiva (talk) 00:55, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── This isn't the place for it (see WP:TPG and WP:NOT) but I'll briefly mention that the National Library of the Philippines and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines are located within easy walking distance of one another in Rizal Park. However, some googling turned up this source which says, "The 203rd New York Volunteer Infantry served its term of service within the continental U.S. during the Spanish American War." (and does list Private Cleven, Endre J.). Also see [4]. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 03:24, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
I'll be in the Philippines again soon (I'm in Cambodia for now) so will go look up those libraries; and yes I'd seen that about the 203rd before; but he was a medic/medical photographer and US Army Musical Corps so maybe not part of the regular 203rd as such i.e. not combat troops. He was discharged in the Philippines for sure though. I know about WP:TPG and WP:NOT (long-experienced editor) but was having no luck online or in asking Filipinos I know what they might know of who to ask. A lot of what's in the album is certainly of training camps in the US, though.Skookum1 (talk) 04:13, 11 October 2014 (UTC)