Map Showing Operations of Second Division, 8th Army Corps From March 1st to May 31st 1899

Rare map showing ground operations in the early days of the Philippine–American War.

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Description

Rather than recognizing the independence of the Philippines after victory over Spain in 1898, the United States instead chose to annex the Pacific archipelago as an overseas territory. This prompted the native population to continue their struggle for state sovereignty, which started against the Spanish occupation in 1896. The resulting conflict became known as the Philippine–American War and would last until 1902, with guerilla actions carrying on for another decade beyond that.

This map was published during the initial phases of the war and captures American troop movements in the months immediately following the 1899 Battle for Manila. Forces under Arthur MacArthur, Jr. (father of Douglas MacArthur) moved north of the capital city to the outskirts of San Fernando in an effort to combat the guerilla fighters encamped throughout the region.

Various colors and symbols are used to denote specific units, outlined in the legend immediately below the title block. Fortifications, transportation routes, and headquarters are also identified. Notes just to the left, as well as those scattered throughout the image, provide further details on engagements and troop movements.

The map was compiled by Captain Francis Shunk, an engineer in Company A of the Second Infantry Division, and drafted by Private Lamar. Engraved by Charles Ourand and published in Washington, D.C. by Julius Bien & Company in 1899.

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Map Details

Publication Date: 1899

Author: Francis Shunk

Sheet Width (in): 27.40

Sheet Height (in): 31.30

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Creasing and moderate wrinkling along originally issued fold lines. A few spots of light offsetting are visible within the image and there's a 4" tear in the lower right that's been repaired on the verso with archival tape. Very good overall.

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