FOURTH U.S. INFANTRY REGIMENT: HOME of HEROES

4th Infantry, 4th Infantry Regiment, Warrior Battalion 1/4, INF 2/4 INF, 3/4 INF,

Philippine-American War

1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment

Campaign Participation Credit

*Manila, *Malolos, *Cavite, *Luzon 1899

2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment

Campaign Participation Credit

*Manila, *Malolos, *Cavite, *Luzon 1899

3rd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment

Campaign Participation Credit

*Manila, *Malolos, *Cavite, *Luzon 1899 

The Fourth returned to New York in August 1898. Quickly recruited at Fort Sheridan, the regiment sailed in January 1899 for Manila via the Suez Canal.

The Fourth Infantry, or units of it, participated in fights of La Loma Church, Wariquima, Dismarinias, Imus, Puenta Julien, and elsewhere in the Philippines, finally capturing Lt. General Trias, second in command to Aquinaldo. On 20 November 1899, Private John C. Wetherby, Co. L, 4th Infantry, was near Imus, Luzon, Philippine Islands when he was wounded carrying important orders on the battlefield, unable to walk, he crawled a great distance in order to deliver his orders. Private Wetherby received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

On 2 July 1901, 2Lt Allen J. Greer of the 4th Infantry was near Majada, Laguna Province, Philippine Islands when he charged alone an insurgent outpost with his pistol, killing one, wounding two, and capturing three insurgents with their rifles and equipment. For his actions, 2Lt. Greer received the Medal of Honor.

On 23 November 1901, 1LT. Louis J. Van Schaick, was pursuing a band of insurgents, near Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippine Islands, and was the first to emerge from a canyon, and seeing a column of insurgents and fearing they might turn and attack his men as they emerged one by one from the canyon, galloped forward and closed with the insurgents, thereby throwing them into confusion until the arrival of others of the detachment. 1Lt. Van Schaick received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

In 1902, the regiment returned to San Francisco, having circled the globe.

The regiment returned to the Philippines for another tour from 1903 until 1906.

In October 1906 the regiment moved to Wyoming in time to stop the Ute uprising, its last campaign against hostile Indians.

In 1908, the regiment was ordered to the Philippines for a third time, remaining until 1910.

Trouble with Mexico caused the regiment to be stationed on the Texas border in 1913; and in 1914 it took part in the occupation of Veracruz. Pvt. Herman C. Moore, 4th Infantry Regiment was killed during this conflict in October 1915. The regiment camped on the same grounds as it had in the U.S.-Mexican War of 1847, sixty-seven years before.

The Philippine-American War

The Fourth Infantry departed Fort Sheridan, Illinois in January 1899. The regiment together with one battalion of the Seventeenth U.S Infantry boarded the U.S. Army Transport “Grant” at New York City. The ship sailed up the Hudson river and fired a salute in honor of President and former Fourth Infantry officer Ulysses S. Grant. The following day on January 18, 1899 the ship sailed to the Philippine Islands via the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Suez Canal, and Hong Kong.

Upon arrival at Manila the Fourth Infantry occupied positions, block houses and other garrisons about the city. It was here they saw their first action with Filipino guerillas.

The death of Lieutnant Ward Cheney. Lt. Cheney was mortally wounded while leading the Fourth Infantry "Scouts".

 

 

Organization and Garrisons of the 4th U.S. Infantry in March 1899

Camp at Luenta

Headquarters 4th Infantry Lt. Colonel Sanno commanding

Headquarters

Band

First Battalion

F. Company

I. Company

La Loma church

Second Battalion Major Bubb Commanding

B. Company

D. Company

K. Company

L. Company

Walled City Quartel Del Infantia,

Third Battalion Captain Butler Price commanding

A. Company

E. Company

M. Company

Walled City-Arsenal

Captain Lovering commanding detachment:

C Company

H Company

The regiment saw action throughout southern Luzon as part of expeditions lead by Generals Henry Lawton, Theodore Swann, John C. Bates General Lloyd Wheaton, and Fred D. Grant (son of Ulysses S. Grant) and two-time Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Col. Frank D. Bladwin.

Partial list of engagements:

La Loma March 1899

Mariquina Valley March 1899

Mariquina June 1899

Antipolo June 1899

Dasmarinas Road June 1899

Novaleta August 1899

Bayauluma September 1899

Imus October 1899

Medicion Road October 1899

San Nicolas October 1899

Dasmarinas Road November 1899

Puente Julien November 1899

Imus November 1899

Puente Julien January 1900

 

The Surrender of General Trias

 

After a long series of negations one of Aguinaldo’s most senior Commanders Lieutenant General Mariano Trias surrendered his command Lt. Colonel Baldwin, commanding the fourth infantry at San Francisco de Malabon (now “Trias”). Included in the surrender were twenty-five officers and one hundred and twenty men. Part of the surrender terms that each guerilla received $15.00 for every rifle turned in.

The regiment would serve in the Philippines from March 1899 to December 1901 and return for peace-time garrison in 1903 and 1908.

Memorial Card for Algernon A. Gardner, Co G 4th Infantry RGT

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