Philippine Insurrection, 1899 to 1902

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More than 125,000 American soldiers were sent to the Philippines, and over 4,000 deaths occurred during this conflict.

Service Records

An index to service records for the Philippine Insurrection is listed below:

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served during the Philippine Insurrection. National Archives Microfilm Publication M872. (FHL films 1002559–82.) The index lists each volunteer’s name, rank, and unit.

The service records have not been filmed and are only available at the National Archives.

Regiments of state volunteers came from California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


After the Spanish-American War (1898), the Philippines were given to the US. President McKinley felt Germany would take over the Philippines if the US did not. Many Filipinos wanted independence, and fighting began in 1899 and continued until 1902.

The following have information about the Philippine Insurrection:

Global Security

The History Guy

INFORMATION FROM: The above internet sites and Family History Library US/Canada Consultants, "Philippine Insurrection,"in LAD, Family History Library, 2004, MJM.

Pension Records

Pensions were first granted in 1922 to veterans of the Philippine Insurrection. The index to the records is General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934. National Archives Microfilm Publication T288. The pension files have not been filmed and are available at the National Archives. 

You will need to send form 85 to the National Archives to obtain copies of the file. The National Archives will mail you copies of the form if you will write to them or send them an e-mail request to:

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20408-0001
Tel. 202-501-5400


Census Records

The Twelfth Population Census of the United States, 1900, National Archives Microfilm Publication T623. (FHL films 1241838–42), enumerated military personnel stationed overseas in places such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The census gives the soldier’s name, rank, place of residence in the United States, birth date and place, company, regiment, and branch of service.

These returns have been indexed as Index (Soundex) to the 1900 Population Schedules, National Archives Microfilm Publication T1081 (FHL films 1249622–52.)