The First Shot That Launched the Philippine-American War


Photo: Courtesy of curatormuseo

On Feb 4, 1899, at around 9:00 o’clock in the evening, Private William Grayson fired the first shot that launched the Philippine American war. The National Historical Institute placed two markers (in English and in Filipino) in Sociego Steet located at the outskirts of Santa Mesa, Sampaloc, Manila (prior to this “correction,” the historical marker was placed at San Juan bridge.


Google Satellite image showing relative distance between San Juan bridge and Sociego Street in Santa Mesa, Sampaloc, Manila.

~ by Martin Gaerlan on February 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “The First Shot That Launched the Philippine-American War”

  1. The first shot may have been moved to sociego corner silencio, in the vicinity of blockhouse no.7 however the first battle still took place 250 meters away over “tulay ng balsahan” various accounts show that that is the san juan bridge where the philippiine battalion of morong exchanged fire with the nebraska volunteers

  2. even if the first shot is from there they still have to cross over the bridge to get to the el deposito water reservoir.. the main objective of the americans to secure the entire water supply of manila.. they all were held up at the chokepoint of the san juan bridge.. why else would they start fighting there if it werent for the reservoir of the carriedo water system on the highest point in san juan?

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