Discharge Papers for Joseph Phillips

Pictures of Joe Phillips while in the Philippine Islands

Although Joe Phillips's regiiment never saw action in the Philippine Islands read an account of one that did.
It seems that the action was brought about when one Kansas volunteer fired upon Filipino sentries

"By February 1898 the Cubans' civil war against Spanish rule had gained widespread attention and sympathy. That Americans started out with genuine humanitarian concerns is undisputed, but the national mood in America turned to anger with the loss of the battleship Maine and 260 of her crew. A tremendous explosion, still unresolved today, destroyed the ship while it lay moored in Havana's harbor. Public opinion was inflamed by a hasty official investigation that blamed a Spanish mine, and  "Remember the Maine, To Hell With Spain"  became the popular national cry.  President William McKinley reluctantly began preparing the nation for the war it was demanding."


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This is a copy of the original Discharge Certificate
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This a copy of his second enlistment papers.  He was sent back to the Philippines.
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This is the endorsements for discharge May 1900- this was his second  enlistment
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Signed exactly two years after his enlistment in May 1898
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Station was Calamba City, Luzon
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Company M, 2nd Regiment Tennessee Volunteers enlistment May 24, 1898
Tennessee followed its tradition of volunteerism in the spring and summer of 1898.  Over 4000 men served in Tennessee's four Volunteer Infantry units.  Of the four, only the First saw combat.  The Second (Grandad Phillips') and Third were discharged before they saw action, and the Fourth served as occupying forces in Cuba after the war was officially over.
 Upon re-enlisting he evidently returned with his brother Fred Phillips to the Philippines but was retruned to San Francisco because of malaria.  He served with Company H, 21st Infantry that did see action as stated:
Rested and ready after the conflict in Cuba, the 21st was once more called on to fight for their country. This time they were called to the Philippines and this was known as the "Philippine-American War".
"Expecting a rather pleasant garrison life, elements of the Regiment arrived at Luzon in May of 1899. Twenty-four hours later, they were in the trenches facing fanatical guerrillas. The Regiment sent three different expeditions to the islands: one in 1899, one in 1905, and another in 1909. Each of these groups was successful in suppressing the guerillas that continued to fight them. The Kaptipunan Sun on the 21st Infantry coat of arms symbolizes the part the Gimlets played in the Philippine Insurrection."
 Fred Phillips served in Company E, 21st Infantry
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Above is the record his both my grandfather Joseph Phillips and his brother Fred Phillips enlistments and a note regarding their discharge.
Picture of Captain Fred Phillips probably around 1905.  I have ordered more information regarding the service of Capt. Fred Phillips.  I see that Fred discharge was from
21st Infantry at Fort Snelling, Minnesota


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