Emit Akins Kirkendall (1878 June 1 - 1958 January 23) was a Spanish-American War veteran, an inventor of agricultural tools,
and a real estate agent in Baker, Oregon. His collection of papers, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia span from
1899-1977 and document his military and real estate careers, as well as personal and family history. The military photographs
in this collection document the United States military experience in the Philippines from 1899-1901.
Emit A. Kirkendall (1878 June 1 - 1958 January 23) was born in Hamden, Ohio, but lived most of his life in Baker, Oregon,
now called Baker City, Oregon. Kirkendall was a member of Troop G of the Fourth Regiment of Cavalry of the United States Army,
which was the first regiment of American ground forces sent to defend Manila during the Spanish-American War. The first troops
were sent in 1898, but the horses of the Cavalry were accidentally sent to Hawaii. Troops E, I, and K used Filipino horses
and fought to capture Malolos. Kirkendall in Troop G, along with Troops C and L, campaigned under Major General Lawton to
capture Santa Cruz, Philippines. In late 1899, General Lawton moved the entire 4th Regiment north to capture then-Philippine
President Emilio Aguinaldo. Lawton was killed on that leg of the journey, but by early 1901, the U.S. forces were reassigned
to pacification duties in the Philippines. Kirkendall’s unit left Manila on 1901 July 4, and by September 1901, the entire
Fourth Regiment returned to the United States. Kirkendall was discharged in 1902 and returned to his home in Ohio.
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