Underneath the Starry Flag
In 1898, the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry enlisted to fight the Spanish in Cuba, but instead raised the first American flag over Manila. With the war over, they hoped to return home, but the U.S. government had other plans. This talk describes the First Colorado’s role in the first year of the war in the Philippines. It also looks at their daily life and some challenges they faced. This was America’s first overseas war.
About the Presenter
Geoff Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Western American social history from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996. His dissertation research led to Colorado’s Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine Wars, 1898-1899, published in 2006. After 22 years as Professor of History at the Community College of Aurora, he retired in 2019, and became a free-range historian.
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