Based on the journal of John Clifford Brown, a veteran of the Philippine-American War, "Gentleman Soldier reveals the inner workings of a young man seduced by adventure. Educated as an engineer at M.I.T., Brown enjoyed the life of a typical New England gentleman until the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898. Brown then enlisted in a volunteer regiment with a commission as a captain, but his outfit never made it to Cuba. The experience heightened his desire for excitement, however, and in 1899 he re-enlisted in the military--this time without an officer's commission--and was deployed to the Philippines where, as a wealthy man, he both hobnobbed with the officers and drank with other enlisted soldiers. Brown wrote a series of letters to his mother and numerous journal entries, which he mailed home for safe-keeping. After his death in 1901 from typhoid fever, fifty copies of his journal were published and distributed by his family. Through his introduction and annotation of Brown's journal entries, Joseph P. McCallus elucidates the U.S. annexation of the Philippines and the development of the country as an American colony, producing a unique account of the war. This narrative will appeal to those interested in travel stories, military history, and Asia and the Philippines.
Joseph P. McCallus holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. He regularly visits the Philippines and has written several articles on the archipelago, as well as an oral narrative of American exiles there. He currently teaches language and literature at Columbus State University in Georgia.
." . . sometimes spellbinding, never boring, and usually thought-provoking ruminations. Brown's journal and letters provide an unusually rich source for understanding the American military experience in the Philippines at the beginning of the twentieth century."--Robert E. May, Purdue University--Robert E. May, Purdue University
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