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Spanish-American War Memorial - Fargo, ND
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member m&m O
N 46° 52.360 W 096° 47.294
14T E 668547 N 5193389
Quick Description: This memorial is located on Island Park, east of the swimming pool.
Location: North Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 12/31/2018 4:02:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMZRZW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
In Island Park is a statue of a soldier with a rifle. The north side of the memorial has a Grand Army of the Republic emblem with IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES on the plinth. The south side has a carving of The United Spanish War Veterans Medal, a Maltese Cross with CUBA, PORTO RICO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS AND U.S.A. on the arms of the cross. In the center is written

SPANISH WAR
VETERANS
1898-1902

Fighting started in Cuba in 1898 and was finish in 1899, but fighting went on in the Philippines until 1902.

"While other Fargoans would see service alongside men from throughout the region and the nation in the U.S. Navy, the volunteer cavalry (some of them serving under Teddy Roosevelt), and both state and regular army units, Company B of the First North Dakota Volunteer Infantry was unique in being made up exclusively of Fargo men."
The First North Dakota left Fargo in May of 1898, served in Cuba and then in the Philippines. The First North Dakota arrived in San Francisco in September of 1899, where the unit was decommissioned. Which meant the Army would not provide transportation home. Every town that sent a unit to war had fund raisers and train tickets to North Dakota were provided by hometowns.


Some of the information here is from the Spanish American War Centennial Website and Fargo History Project.
Type of memorial: Statue

Location: Island Park

Public or private: Private

Who placed it?: Grand Army of the Republic

When was it placed?: 5/30/1916

Visit Instructions:
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