Timeline of the Philippine–American War
The Philippine–American War, also known as the Philippine War of Independence or the Philippine Insurrection (1899–1902), was an armed conflict between Filipino revolutionaries and the government of the United States which arose from the struggle of the First Philippine Republic to gain independence following annexation by the United States. This article presents several lists of dated events leading up to, during, and following that war which are significant in that context. Most of the events listed in this article are linked to other articles containing more detail.
- 1 Spanish–American War period
- 2 The Philippine–American War
- 3 Aftermath
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
Spanish–American War period
Spanish–American War, the Philippine Revolution had been suspended by the Pact of Biak-na-Bato. Following on that pact, Emilio Aguinaldo, who had been leader of the Katipunan, was in self-imposed exile in Hong Kong along with other revolutionary leaders. Some revolutionary generals remained in the Philippines and continued the revolution. One, General Francisco Makabulos, established a Central Executive Committee to serve as the interim government until a more suitable one was created. The advent of the Spanish–American War brought about an influx of U.S. forces into the Philippines, Aguinaldo's return to the Philippines, and Aguinaldo's resumption of a leadership role in the revolution. As the Spanish–American War continues, Aguinaldo proclaims Philippine independence and establishes a series of insurgent governments. On December 10, 1898, the U.S. and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, ending the war. In one provision of the treaty,Spain ceded the Philippines to the U.S.
- April 21–25 - The Spanish–American War begins. War is officially declared by the United States and by Spain.
- May 1 - Admiral George Dewey defeats decisively the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay.
- May 3 - In the U.S., a 5,000-man force is recommended to be sent "to occupy the Philippines".
- May 11 - U.S. War Department settles on 12,000 men as the size of the Philippine expedition.
- May 19 - Upon instigation of the Americans who at the time did not have a land force to occupy the Philippine islands, Emilio Aguinaldo returns to the Philippines from exile in Hong Kong where he had been since the success of the Katipunan revolt of 1892–1896 and the Pact of Biak-na-Bato where Spain bargained for cessation of hostilities in exchange for Aguinaldo's exile and payment of indemnity to the Philippine revolutionary forces.
- May 24 - Aguinaldo issues a proclamation in which he assumed command of all Philippine forces and established an insurgent dictatorial government with himself as dictator.
- June 6 - Aguinaldo, with forces besieging Manila and the rest of the country under control of the Filipino revolutionaries, offers Spanish Governor-General Basilo Augistin an opportunity for honorable surrender. Augustin refuses.
- June 12 - The Philippine Declaration of Independence is proclaimed by Ambrosio Rizanares Bautista, its author, on behalf of the Dictatorial Government of the Philippines.
- June 18 - Aguinaldo, believing the Americans had no intent to occupy the Philippine Islands, issues a decree formally establishing the Dictatorial Government of the Philippines.
- June 23 - Aguinaldo issues a decree replacing the Dictatorial Government with a Revolutionary Government, with himself as President.
- June 25 - The third of three U.S. expeditions arrives in Manila, bringing land forces in the country to a total of 10,946 men.
- August 7 and 9 - U.S. commanders issue two surrender ultimatums demanding that Spanish forces surrender Manila.
- August 12 - A Protocol of Peace is signed in Washington, D.C. between the U.S. and Spain. U.S. President William McKinley directs that "all operations against the enemy be suspended." Word of this will not reach manila until August 16.
- August 13 - In the Battle of Manila, U.S forces take possession of the country's capital. At the conclusion of the battle, U.S. forces control the city and Filipino forces remain in the suburbs.
- August 14 - U.S. Major General Wesley Merritt, at the time commander of U.S. forces in the Philippines, issues a proclamation to the People of the Philippines establishing a government of military occupation by the United States in the Philippines, designating himself as Military Governor.
- September 26 - U.S. and Spanish delegations begin negotiations in Paris on a treaty to end the Spanish–American War.
- December 10 - The Treaty of Paris is signed in Paris. In Article III of the treaty, Spain cedes to the United States the archipelago known as the Philippine Islands.
- January 20 - Malolos Congress ratifies Malolos constitution.
- January 21 - Emilio Aguinaldo sanctions the Malolos Constitution.
- January 22 - Malolos Constitution is promulgated.
- February 6 - The U.S. Senate approved the Treaty of Paris by a vote of 52 to 27. President McKinley signed it on that day.
- March 19 - Spain ratified the Treaty of Paris when the Queen Regent María Cristina signed the agreement to break the impasse of the deadlocked Cortes.
Tensions and incidents between U.S. and Spanish forces
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- August 8 - Eight American soldiers were killed or wounded by the Spanish fire. American officers suspected at the time that the insurgents were informing the Spaniards of the American movements. This was later confirmed by captured insurgent documents.
- August 25 - One American soldier was killed, another mortally wounded and four more slightly wounded in a clash at Cavite between U.S. soldiers and insurgents. Aguinaldo expressed his regret and promised to punish the offenders.
The Philippine–American War
Start and ending dates
Armed conflict erupted in Manila between U.S. and Filipino forces on February 4, 1899. On that date, Emilio Aguinaldo issued a proclamation ordering, in part, "[t]hat peace and friendly relations with the Americans be broken and that the latter be treated as enemies, within the limits prescribed by the laws of war." The ending of the war was not formalized in a treaty by which it can be dated. Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by U.S. forces on March 23, 1901, and swore allegiance to the U.S. on April 1, appealing to all Filipinos to accept the "sovereignty of the United States ...". Armed conflict continued, however, until the surrender of the last Filipino general on April 13, 1902. On July 4, 1902, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed a full and complete pardon and amnesty to all people in the Philippine archipelago who had participated in the conflict, and that July 4 date is often mentioned as the ending date of the war. For purposes of this article, the war is considered to have begun on February 4, 1899, and to have ended on July 4, 1902.
- February 4 - General hostilities erupt between U.S. and Filipino forces.
- February 4 - Emilio Aguinaldo proclaims war on U.S. forces.
- February 5 - First and largest battle of the Philippine–American War: Battle of Manila; Americans drive Filipino army out of Manila.
- March 31 - American forces capture Malolos, capital of the Philippine Republic on Luzon, driving out Aguinaldo and his government.
- April 9 to 10 - Battle of Santa Cruz - U.S. General Henry W. Lawton captures Filipino stronghold of Santa Cruz and pushes into Laguna province on Luzon.
- April 11 - Battle of Pagsanjan - American sharpshooters skirmish with Filipinos outside of Pagsanjan, succeeding in driving them out. General Lawton's troops take Pagsanjan in the second action of the Laguna Campaign.
- April 12 - Battle of Paete - General Lawton's forces disperse Filipinos blocking rout to Paete in stiff fight. Paete taken by the Americans. Last action of the Laguna Campaign.
- April 23 - Battle of Quingua - Philippine General Gregorio del Pilar stops American cavalry scouts on Luzon, but is then routed after an artillery bombardment and infantry ground assault.
- June 2 - the Malolos Congress of the First Philippine Republic enacted and ratified a Declaration of War on the United States, which was publicly proclaimed on that same day by Pedro Paterno, President of the Assembly.
- June 5 - Filipino General Antonio Luna assassinated by Aguinaldo's men.
- June 13 - Battle of Zapote Bridge - On Luzon, Lawton's American forces rout a larger Philippine force under General Maximo Hizon, and inflict heavy casualties on the enemy in 2nd largest battle of the Philippine–American War.
- November 11 - Battle of San Jacinto - U.S. General Loyd Wheaton drives Filipinos out of San Jacinto. Luzon.
- November 13 - Emilio Aguinaldo decrees that guerrilla warfare would henceforth be the strategy.
- December 2 - Battle of Tirad Pass - On Luzon, 60 Filipino patriots under General del Pilar fight off an attack of 500 U.S. Infantry for 5 hours, before nearly all Filipinos are killed, including del Pilar.
- December 19 - Battle of Paye (also known as the Battle of Montalban and the Battle of San Mateo) - For unknown reasons, General Lawton assumed personal command of the expedition, and was struck in the chest and killed when the unit he was with came under fire. The town of Montalban was occupied in the action before Lawton's death, and the town of San Mateo was occupied afterwards. Lawton was the only U.S. fatality in the action.
- April 15 - Siege of Catubig - Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack against a detachment of American soldiers, and, after a four-day siege, force them to evacuate the town of Catubig on Samar.
- May - General Arthur MacArthur, Jr. replaces General Elwell Stephen Otis as military governor.
- June - General Arthur MacArthur, Jr. proclaims 90 day amnesty and offers 30 pesos per rifle. The amnesty pledges "complete immunity for the past and liberty for the future." The results of the amnesty were disappointing. It is suspected that many of the natives surrendering were opportunists collecting bounty for obsolete weapons.
- June 4 - Battle of Macahambus - On Macahambus Gorge in Cagayan de Misamis, Northern Mindanao (present day Cagayan de Oro), Filipinos rout an Americans regiment and inflict heavy casualties, but take less than 5 casualties of their own.
- September 13 - Battle of Pulang Lupa - On Makahambus, Filipino resistance fighters under Colonel Maximo Abad ambush 55 American Soldiers, killing, wounding, or capturing all of them.
- September 17 - Battle of Mabitac Filipino forces outmaneuver and rout American forces on Luzon.
- November 2 - William McKinley defeats Democrat William Jennings Bryan in the presidential election. Bryan was hurt by Aguinaldo's endorsement of the Democratic party. Albert Beveridge, the freshman senator from Indiana, emerged during the campaign as the "golden orator" of Republican imperialism, debating Senator George Frisbie Hoar, using his tour of the Philippines to claim direct knowledge of the war, holding out a golden nugget from the islands to prove its potential wealth: "I was there."
- March 5 - Lonoy Massacre - In a reverse ambush, U.S. Infantryman launch a surprise attack on Bohol natives who had laid an ambush and kill over 400.
- March 23 - Aguinaldo is captured in Palanan, Isabela by U.S. forces.
- April 1 - Aguinaldo swears allegiance to the United States.
- April 1 - Aguinaldo appeals to all Filipinos to accept the "sovereignty of the United States ...".
- July 4 - Civil government was inaugurated with William H. Taft as the Civil Governor.
- September 28 - Balangiga Massacre - Over 50 Americans are killed in an uprising on Samar in the most infamous incident of the war. Gen. Jake "Howling Wilderness" Smith orders retaliation against the Samar civilian population.
- December 7 - American General J. Franklin Bell begins concentration camp policy in Batangas on Luzon - everything outside the "dead lines" was systematically destroyed—humans, crops, domestic animals, houses, and boats. A similar policy had been initiated on the island of Marinduque some months before. The American Anti-imperialist press argues this policy is similar to the reconcentrado policy of Spanish General Valeriano Weyler in Cuba and British General Horatio Kitchener in the Second Boer War in South Africa.
- January 31 - Senator George Frisbie Hoar pushes Congressional investigation by the standing Committee on the Philippines headed by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge into alleged cruelties inflicted upon Filipino prisoners by U.S. servicemen. The investigation concluded on June 28, 1902. For two months after this the legal team presenting evidence for the committee compiled its report. This report was released on August 29, 1902. The report is available at Wikisource:Secretary Root's Record:"Marked Severities" in Philippine Warfare.
- February 17 - Filipino General Vicente Lukbán captured on Samar. Resistance continues in the Samar interior.
- March 2 - Court-martial of U.S. Marine Major Littleton Waller begins for the January execution of 11 mutinous porters on Samar. Court votes 11-2 for acquittal
- April 27 - The last of Samar's guerrillas surrenders.
- Philippine General Miguel Malvar surrenders in Luzon, followed by 3,000 of his men. Last Filipino general to surrender in the war.
- Court-martial of U.S. General Jacob H. Smith for ordering killing of all males over 10 years of age on Samar; convicted; verbally admonished; sent back to U.S; retired from service.
- June 16 - U.S. military rule ends; civil government begins.
- July 4 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimes a full and complete pardon and amnesty to all people in the Philippine archipelago who had participated in the conflict
Continuation of conflicts in the post-war period
- - Battle of Dolores River - On Samar, 47 Philippine Constabulary Scouts ambushed by 1000 pulajans and nearly all killed.
- March 5-March 7 - First Battle of Bud Dajo - One-thousand Moros fortify themselves in an extinct volcanic crater on Mindanao and battle a large number of American soldiers, before virtually all Moros Scouts killed.
- September 1911 - General John J. Pershing, governor of the Moro province, ordered the complete disarmament of all Moros.
- December 1911 - Second Battle of Bud Dajo - U.S. forces, in a battle which lasted five days, assaulted and captured a Moro-held defensive position in the Bud Dajao crater.
Postwar governmental evolution
- December 23 - William Howard Taft, Governor-General of the Philippines negotiates with Pope Leo XIII. The United States buys Filipino Dominican friar lands for $7.2 million and resold to Filipinos, mostly to absentee landlords.
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