South Carolina and the Spanish American War


Although the Spanish-American War was of short duration, South Carolina found itself involved through the raising of volunteer regiments and hosting of military camps.  Soldiers at Camp Fornance in Columbia, S.C. saw service in Cuba and in the Philippines, and the camp became headquarters for the Third Brigade of Second Division of the Second Army Corps.  Other camps located in Columbia served primarily as mustering camps: Camp Ellerbe, Camp Dewey (also known as Geiger and Fuller), Camp Fitzhugh Lee, and Camp Prospect.  Summerville, S.C. also hosted Camp Marion during 1898.  Fort Moultrie at Charleston, S.C. was manned by South Carolina militia.  President McKinley appointed South Carolinian Major General Matthew Calbraith Butler commander of the volunteer forces.