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« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2018, 04:28:27 pm »

18 June

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To: Lt William S. Sims, Naval Attaché, Paris.  (also seconded to the newly founded Office of Naval Intelligence)

Insure that Spanish Government receives information that Oregon, Iowa, and Massachusetts are being readied to attack Spanish coast.

                                                                  John D. Long, Secretary of the Navy, United States.
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« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2018, 07:24:32 pm »

20 June

1500 miles east of Manila, protected cruiser USS Charleston detaches from the 3 troop transports she is escorting to the Phillipines, and enters Port San Luis d'Apra, Guam, principle island of the Marianas chain.  At 0830 she opens fire on the fortifications there.  After 13 rounds, Captian Henry Glass orders the gunners to cease fire, suspecting the place may be deserted.

Shortly 2 small boats put out from shore, and approach the Charleston.  Aboard is Lt. Commander Guiterrez, Captain of the Port.  Politely allowed on board, Commander Guiterrez apologizes, but unfortunatly they are not able to return his salute.  (lack of powder and or guns it seems)  And what brings the Americans to Guam? (no dispatchs had been recieved since April 9)

Captain Glass invited the spanish officials to be seated while he brought them up to date. . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Guam
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« Reply #52 on: June 22, 2018, 01:51:22 pm »

22 June

First units of United States Army V Corp come ashore at Daiquiri, Cuba.

Dispatch: For the New York World

Outlined against the sky, we saw four tiny figures scaling the sheer face of the mountian up the narrow trail to the highest blockhouse.  for a moment they were grouped together there at the side of the Spanish fort, and then . . . The American flag was thrown out against the sky, and the sailors on the Men-of-war, the Cubans, and our soldiers in the village, the soldiers in the longboats, and those still hanging to the sides and rat-lines of the troop ships, shouted and cheered . . . and every steam whistle on the ocean for miles about shrieked and tooted and roared in a pandemonium of delight.

It was a symbol that our foot is firmly and formidably planted.

                                                                                         Richard Harding Davis
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« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2018, 06:49:59 pm »

24 June

Approx 0730, advance elements of Wheelers Cavalry division contact a defensive line of 1500 Spanish troops on a ridge overlooking the crossroads of Las Guasimas, under General Antaro Rubin.  It devolved into a intense 2 hour fire fight that ended with the 1st USV coming in on the Spanish right flank, whereupon General Rubin ordered his forces back to Santiago.  American losses were 16 killed and 52 wounded out of 1000 engaged.  The Spanish lost 10 killed and 18 wounded out of 1500 engaged.

Roosevelt writes: "The effect of the smokeless powder was remarkable.  The air seemed full of the rustling sound of the Mauser bullets, for the Spaniards knew the trails by which we were advancing, and opened  heavily on our position.  Moreover, as we advanced we were of course exposed, and they could see us and fire.  But they themselves were entirely invisible.  The jungle covered everything, and not the faintest trace of smoke was to be seen in any direction to indicate from whence the bullets came."

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 "I sprang up and ordered the men to rush the buildings ahead of us.  They came forward with a will.  There was a moments heavy firing from the Spaniards, which all went over our heads, and then it ceased entirely.  When we arrived at the buildings, panting and out of breath, they contained nothing but heaps of empty cartridge shells, and two dead Spaniards, shot through the head."
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« Reply #54 on: July 03, 2018, 09:46:32 pm »

1 July

"I have seen many illustrations and pictures of this charge on the San Juan hills, but none of them seem to show it as I remember it.  In the picture-papers the men are running up hill swiftly and gallantly, in regular formation, rank after rank, with flags flying, their eyes aflame, and their hair streaming, their bayonets fixed, in long, brilliant lines, an invincible, overpowering weight of numbers.  Instead of which I think the thing which impressed one the most, when our men started from cover, was that they were so few.  It seemed as it someone had made an awful and terrible mistake.  One's instinct was to call for them to come back."
 
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« Reply #55 on: July 03, 2018, 09:51:11 pm »

3 July

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To: Department of the Navy, United States.

The Fleet under my command offers the Nation, as a Fourth of July present, the whole of Cevera's fleet.

                                                              Rear Admiral Willam T. Sampson, United States North Atlantic Squadron, Commanding.


 The United States Navy has fought, and won, it's first blue water fleet action, the Naval Battle of Santiago.  The Spanish have lost 4 armored cruisers and 2 destroyers, with nearly 500 casualties.  American losses were were one man killed, one man wounded.

With the stratigic objective of the Spanish Fleet now removed, the land assualt on Santiago has achieved it's objective.  V Corps mission now becomes the surrender of the Spanish Army still entrenched there, with General Shafter deciding to achieve this thru siege.  Thus begins a race between Spanish honor and Yellow Fever.
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« Reply #56 on: July 08, 2018, 02:02:00 pm »

6 July

Congress votes to annex the Hawaiian Islands.
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« Reply #57 on: July 08, 2018, 02:06:18 pm »

8 July

In response to US Navy Department orders to assemble a "Flying Squadron" to attack the Spanish Coastline, the Spanish fleet of Admiral Camera, containing the last armored ships of the Spanish Navy still afloat,  is recalled from Suez, ending any possible threat to the US Asiatic Squadron off Manila.
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