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Spanish-American War (1898) / Philippine Insurrection (1899-1901)

The Kansas Historical Society’s book, manuscript, and state records holdings contain documents and publications describing Kansas soldiers and veterans. This finding aid lists materials in our collections on the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection that are useful for genealogical research.

Kansas Adjutant General Records

Kansas. Adjutant General. 12th Biennial Report - Kansas Troops in the Volunteer Service of the United States in the Spanish and Philippine Wars. Topeka, Kansas: State Printer, 1900. Index available online. [Call number SP/353.6/K13/12th]

Descriptive lists and accounts of pay and clothing, 22nd Kansas Volunteer Infantry. 1898. 1 oversize folder. Record of soldiers upon discharge. Includes name, rank, company, age, physical description, nativity, occupation, marital status, etc. Arranged chronologically by discharge date. [State Archives]

Muster-in and muster-out rolls, 20th-23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry. 1898-1899. Available on microfilm:

  • AR 129 - Muster-in, 20th-23rd Infantry Regiments, Spanish-American War
  • AR 130 - Muster-out, 20th Infantry Regiment, Spanish-American War
  • AR 131 - Muster-out, 21st Infantry Regiment, Spanish-American War
  • AR 132 - Muster-out, 22nd & 23rd Infantry Regiments, Spanish-American War

Muster rolls of officers of the 20th-22nd Kansas Volunteer Infantry. 1898-1899. 1 box. muster-in and muster-out rolls containing name, rank, age, who commissioned by, when and where mustered in and out, length of service, company, home residence, marital status, etc. Arranged by regiment. [State Archives]

Returns of casualties, 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry. 1899. 1 oversize folder. List of casualties. Includes name, rank, company, whether killed or wounded, some description of event. Arranged chronologically. [State Archives]

Roll of Officers and men of the 20th, 21st, and 23rd Kansas Volunteers. 1898-1899. 1 volume. Alphabetical roll includes name, regiment and company. [State Archives]

Roster of Company A, 32nd U.S. Volunteer Infantry, Philippine Insurrection. 1899-1901. 1 item. Copy of a printed roster. Includes name and rank. [State Archives]

Roster of Volunteer Troops Furnished by the State of Kansas for the Spanish-American War, 1898. Topeka, Kansas: State Printer, 1899. [Call number SP/353.6/K13/Pam. v.]

Spanish-American War files. 1898-1899. 2 boxes. A variety of documents including correspondence regarding the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry; orders; enlistment papers for the 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry (name, rank, age, physical description, nativity, marital status, etc.); descriptive cards for volunteers in companies A-M, 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry (name, age, height, complexion, eye color, nativity, occupation, marital status, residence, etc.); and documents regarding unpaid claims for transportation expenses. Arrangement varies. [State Archives]

Medical Records

Forts. Collection. 1853-1902. ca. 400 items. Collection includes muster and payrolls of detachments of the U.S. Army Hospital corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1853-1902, and record of internments in [Fort Dodge, Kansas] post cemetery, 1865-1879. No finding aids. [Manuscripts Hist. Forts]

Hommel, Seth. Medical records of the 20th Kansas Infantry. 1898. No finding aids. [Manuscripts Coll. Hommel]

Rolls of Honor

Drake, Charles Clayton. Their Names: A Scroll of Our Flesh and Blood War Honored From Coffeyville and Vicinity ... Constituting the Honor Rolls of Three Wars, Spanish-American, World War I, and World War II ... N.p., n.d. [Call number K/973.89/D789]

Hunt, Mrs. M.S. Our Honored Dead: Names of All Soldiers of the Wars of the United States Buried in Coffey County, Kansas. Burlington, Kansas: The Daily Republican, 1927. [Call number K/973.74/Pam. v.]

Veterans' Organizations

Grand Army of the Republic, Kansas Department. Records. 1871-1936. Although the G.A.R. was primarily composed of Civil War veterans, the records include several items related to the Spanish-American War, including 2 pages of names of 20th Kansas regiment members. Finding aid available. [Manuscripts Coll. 126]

United Spanish War Veterans. Records. [not before 1898]-ca. 1975. 8 boxes. Membership cards, arranged alphabetically, giving the name, address, military record, and in some cases date of death of each member. No finding aids. [Manuscripts Coll. 142]

United Spanish War Veterans. Department of Kansas. Roster of 22nd Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Topeka, Kansas: State Printer, 1934. [Call number SP/369.18/Un3]

United Spanish War Veterans. Department of Kansas. Taps. N.p.: n.d. Includes a typed index of necrology list arranged alphabetically into three volumes. [Call number SP/369.18/Un3t]

United States Veterans Administration, Contact and Administrative Services, Index Division. Pension index file : service organization : 1861-1900. Card index to pension applications of veterans who served in Kansas regiments of the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1900. Finding aid online. [Microfilm MF 4628-4635]

Other Resources

Hazen, J.E. History and Roster of the 40th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. N.p.: 1901. [Call number K/973.89/Pam. v. ]

Military History. Collection. 1840-[1973]. 12 ft. Artificial collection relating to the military in Kansas and the Great Plains. Included are muster and other enrollments, abstracts of payments and equipage, accounts, fiscal returns, officers' reports, receipts, passes, personal papers of soldiers, diaries, registers of casualties, courts-martial proceedings, and personnel cards from the pre-territorial period (before 1854) to the Vietnam conflict, including the Spanish-American War. Unpublished folder list available in the repository. [Manuscripts Hist. Military]

Ware, Eugene Fitch, 1841-1911. Papers. 1859-1939. 29 boxes and 1 tube. Collection includes military papers (1859-1888) relating to Ware's military career in Colorado, Dakota Territory, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska with the 1st Iowa Infantry and the 4th & 7th Iowa Cavalry regiments. Other parts of the collection include material on the Spanish-American war. Unpublished finding aids available in the repository. [Manuscripts Coll. 86]