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.


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:

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

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.


A list of volunteer officers is in Vol.2 pages 185–272 of the following:

  • The "Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army..." by Francis B. Heitman lists Regular Army and volunteer officers from 1789 to 1903 in two volumes giving a brief history of the officers service and awards received. Casualties (including prisoners of war) from 1789 to 1902 are also listed as well as a chronological list of battles, actions, etc., in which troops of the Regular Army have participated.

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

See Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications (16 minute online video) FamilySearch Research Classes Online, 2010.

Census Records

1900 U.S. Federal Census

The 1900 Federal Census (NARA T623) 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.

1930 U.S. Federal Census

The 1930 Federal Censusasked if a person was "A veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition" and "What war or expedition" they served in.

1940 U.S. Federal Census

The 1940 Federal Census asked "Is this person a veteran of the United States military forces or the wife, widow, or under 18-year-old child of a veteran?" and "If child, is veteran-father dead?" and "War or Military" served in. These were only asked of persons which were recorded on line 14 and line 29 of the census, which would have covered about five percent of the population.

Veterans and Lineage Society Records

The United Spanish War Veterans was established in 1899. Its membership includes veterans with service in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection to 4 July 1902. The following sources contain information on their members who were veterans of the two wars.




  • United Spanish War Veterans, Department of Utah. Muster Rolls of Members, 1929–1957. (FHL film 1666085) Lists the veteran’s name, age, residence, final discharge date, and unit. Some entries may contain additional data.