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The Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War

In his September 1898 address inaugurating Columbia’s second academic year on the Morningside Heights campus, President Seth Low recognized the participation of the University’s students in the Spanish–American War, which was then coming to a close. He talked about the Columbians who had perished in the conflict. They included Sergeant Hamilton Fish Jr., Class of 1895, a member of Troop L of the Rough Riders and one of the first American soldiers to fall in the advance against Santiago in Cuba. Also recognized were John Blair Gibbs, an 1882 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, who was killed in action in Guantanamo Bay, where he was serving as an Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, and George Washington Lindheim, an 1898 graduate of Physicians and Surgeons, who died of typhus contracted while serving as Assistant Surgeon in the 8th New York U.S. First Infantry. Harry Augustus Young (P&S 1895) died the following year while serving in the Philippines.

The Spanish–American War occurred in the first year that Columbia was up at Morningside Heights campus. The Pylon was dedicated by the Class of 1900, at the dedication of which Columbia's war dead from that conflict were remembered.
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