The Ohio Statehouse Museum





Sculptor Frank L. Jirouch created the Spirit of ’98 in 1928 to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection and the China Relief Expedition (1898-1920).

Spirit of '98 Monument


The inscription on the monument reads:

Erected by the State of Ohio to the honor and memory of the Ohio veterans of the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection and the China Relief Expedition.

1898 — 1920
The cause which triumphed through their valor will live.

United • Spanish War Veterans, 1898–1902 • Cuba, Philippine Islands, Porto Rico, U.S.A.

The Republic is secure so long as we continue to honor the memory of its defenders.

United Spanish War Veterans Memorial Commission appointed by Governor Vic Donahey. Authorized by the 87th General Assembly of Ohio.

  • Carmi A. Thompson
  • Charles F. Thompson
  • Ralph H. Carroll
  • Frank Auth
  • Thomas W. Jones
  • Frank D. Henderson
  • George F. Schlesinger
  • Ernest P. Hazard
  • George M. Forney




“We make immortal the principles for which they contended.” —Edward S. Matthian, Commander, Department of Ohio, United Spanish War Veterans.

1928 by United Spanish War Veterans Memorial Commission (Ohio).