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War in Cuba

Crew Rememberances of the Destruction of USS MAINE

Lt. George's Blow's MAINE letters:  Letter 1 ||| Letter 2

Thomas Troy's January 23 letter from the MAINE

Apprentice Charles Hamilton's letter from the MAINE in Havana Harbor

Chaplain Chidwick Writes the Family of John Bennett, U.S.M.C., U.S.S. MAINE

Lt. John Blandin of the MAINE Writes Home

Diver Charles Morgan Describes His Descent into the MAINE Wreckage

An Eye-witness Account of the Death of Cuban General Antonio Maceo

Francisco Gomez' Last Letter

Winston Churchill in Cuba as an Observer in 1895

Capt. Elliott's Report on the Battle of Cuzco Well near Guantanamo

Capt. Elliott's Follow-up Report on the Battle of Cuzco Well near Guantanamo

USMC Sgt. Bloomfield W. Riddle writes home - action at Guantanamo

Chaplain Harry Jones Conducts a Funeral under fire at Guantanamo

Stephen Crane Writes of the Battle of Cuzco Well

Pvt. Frank Keeler Writes of the Battle of Cuzco Well

The New York Sun Reports on the Second Expedition to Cuzco Well

Diary of Wilfred Langley, U.S.M.C.

The Death of James McColgan, First Marine Battalion

Letters concerning the death of Sgt. Smith, U.S.M.C. at Guantanamo

Pvt. James Roxberry, U.S.M.C. describes the action at Guantanamo

R. F. Shier writes home about Guantanamo and other events

The Lee Rifle in use around Guantanamo

A Newspaper Account of the Skirmish at Las Quasimas

Lt. Eli Helmick of the 10th U.S. Infantry writes home before San Juan Hill

Theodore Roosevelt's account of San Juan and Kettle Hill Battles

David Leahy of the Rough Riders Described San Juan Hill Attack

Campaign in Cuba by Rough Rider Sgt. John J. Turner

Rough Rider Carl Lovelace writes of the Santiago Campaign

Sgt. Ousler Writes about the Attack on San Juan Hill

Rough Rider Alexander Wallace writes of the Attack on San Juan Hill

Report of Maj. Charles Morton concerning the 3rd U.S. Cavalry at the Battle of San Juan Hill

Diary of Sgt. Nickerson, 6th U.S. Cavalry

Report on a Dynamite Gun Use by Rough Rider Sgt. Hallett Alsop Borrowe

Dislodging a Dynamite Gun Shell with an Axe!

Charles Post Describes the 71st New York band under fire

Oscar Hochstadter, 71st New York, Writes Home Before the Battle

Robert Van Vliet of the 10th U.S. Infantry writes home after San Juan Hill

The 71st New York goes up San Juan Hill by Lt. Herbert True

The 9th U.S. Infantry on Picket following San Juan Hill

Cpl. James Jones, 2nd U.S Infantry Writes Home from the Santiago Trenches

Pvt. Kyle Adkisson, 2nd U.S Infantry Writes Home from the Santiago Trenches

A Visit to San Juan Hill, Twelve Years After the Battle

Capt. Parkhurst's Report of 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery F in Cuba

Spanish Account of the Battle for El Caney

J. House Moore Describes the Assault on El Caney

El Caney Battle Report of the 17th U.S. Infantry

El Caney Battle Report of the 12th U.S. Infantry, Co. F

Frank Norris Describes Capron's Battery at El Caney

4th U.S. Infantry in Cuba - Robert Turley's Diary

4th U.S. Infantry in Cuba - Robert Travis' Account

17th U.S. Infantry in Cuba - Charles Taylor's Journal

The Death Of Gen. Vara Del Rey at El Caney

James Sullivan's Diary of Life Aboard the U.S.S. HIST

Commodore Schley's Report of the Naval Battle of Santiago

Capt. F A. Cook's Offiial Report of the Battle of Santiago (USS BROOKLYN)

Capt. F A. Cook's Personal Account of the Battle of Santiago (USS BROOKLYN)

Capt. F. E. Chadwick's Account of the Battle of Santiago (USS NEW YORK)

Admiral Cervera's report of the Battle of Santiago

José Muller Tejeira's account of the MARIA TERESA at Santiago

NEW YORK's North Atlantic Squadron Bulletins for July 1 - July 5, 1898

Lt. Bustamente's account of the FUROR at Santiago

Chaplain Cassard of the INDIANA Describes the Rescue of the Spanish Naval Crews at Santiago

An account of TEXAS at the conclusion of the Battle of Santiago

Asst. Engineer Joseph Mason Reeves' account of the Battle of Santiago

Fireman G. W. Robinson's Diary of the cruise of the OREGON

Seaman Bertram Edwards' account of life aboard the OREGON

Asst. Engineer Joseph Mason Reeves of the OREGON Writes Home

Bernard Keegan of the IOWA Writes of the Battle of Santiago

USS GLOUCESTER in action at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba

Admiral Cervera comes aboard the GLOUCESTER after the Battle of Santiago

Admiral Cervera's Last Address to his Squadron

An Attempt to Raise the CRISTOBAL COLON

American Treatment of Battle of Santiago's Spanish War Dead

General Garcia's Official Report of the War in Cuba

Incident Aboard the REINA MERCEDES by Constructor Richmond Hobson

Albert Lynn of the MARBLEHEAD Writes Home

Horatio Rubens Supplies Dyanamite Guns to the Cuban Rebels

Frank Manning's account of his amputation, the first in Cuba

The Rough Riders' Transport YUCATAN nearly rams the MATTEAWAN

Lt. Eli Helmick, 10th U.S. Infantry, on life aboard the transport ALAMO

Conditions Aboard the U.S. Army Transports

With the Wounded Aboard the Transport SENECA

Morgan Lewis of the 22nd U.S. Infantry describes the trip to Cuba

Walter Bennett, USS ST. PAUL, Writes to William Karg, the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Diary of George Edgar Cripps of the 34th Michigan Volunteer Infantry

Letters from the 34th Michigan Volunteer Infantry

The Report of the 34th Michigan Volunteer Infantry

Hermann Kuchmeister's account of Cutting of the Cables at Cienfuegos

Austin Durney's account of Cutting of the Cables at Cienfuegos

The YANKEE engages a Spanish gunboat off Cienfuegos

The Log of the USS Yankee

USS WINSLOW in action in Cardenas Harbor, Cuba by Lt. J. B. Bernadou

USS VESUVIUS in Action

Catastrophe averted in the USS IOWA's Fireroom 2

Custis Jennings of the USS PRARIE Writes Home

The 6th Missouri, Company A goes to Cuba

C. F. Smitche of the VULCAN Writes About Death, A Funeral and Love

Cpl. Thomas Henry Dunn 7th U.S. Infantry, writes home

The Spanish soldiers praise the Americans in a farewell address

Francisco Arderius Rodriguez' (of the FUROR) account of an incident during his return to Spain

The HARVARD's R. J. Shier writes about the shooting of Spanish prisoners of war aboard ship

Burt Mullin, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Co. C. Writes Home

Ben Love of the 1st Texas Volunteer Infantry Writes Home

The Diary of Pvt. William Karg of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

The Diary of Pvt. Cyrus Farver of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Charles Reynolds, 3rd U.S. Vol. Infantry Writes of the Cuban Occupation

The Diary of William C. Kniffen, 9th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Sgt. William Curtis, 9th Massachusetts, Writes from Santiago

Capt. John Travis of the 4th Tennessee Writes of the Cuban Occupation

James Lovegrove Marlin sends a letter home...written on a banana leaf!

War in Guam and Hawaii

Lt. William Braunersreuther's report of the capture of Guam

Rear Admiral J. N. Miller's account of the first U.S. Flagraising in Hawaii

 Letter from Harold Booth, 1st New York Volunteer Infantry, Co. K.


The American Home Front

Letters from Camp Cuba Libre by Corp. John Werling, 2nd NJ

 Letter from San Francisco by Wm. B. Smith, 13th Minnesota

The Conditions at Camp Wikoff

Newspapers Report on Camp Wikoff

Sherman Wyre of the 8th Ohio, Co. H writes home from Montauk Point [Camp Wikoff]

 Amaziah Morrison of the 1st U. S. Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders) Writes Home

Raton, New Mexico Newspaper on Local Men in 1st U. S. Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders)

Raton, New Mexico Newspaper on Local Men in 1st Territorial Volunteer Infantry

David Leahy of the 1st U. S. Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders), Troop G. Writes Home

The 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Camp Hastings, Mount Gretna, PA

The Death of Lt. Hoskinson, 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

 Reminiscences of the 2nd Oregon Volunteer Infantry

Aubrey Whetton's Diary of the 1st Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Co. E

 Joseph Beiler's Diary of the 1st Ohio Volunteers, Co. B

 Diary of Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery A

2nd and 3rd Wisconsin and the 16th Pennsylvania on a forced March

Henry Schimberg, of the 2nd Wisconsin goes to War

Richard Harding Davis Comments on Army Uniform Quality

South Dakota Cavalry on the Way to the Front

The Ladies of Terry, South Dakota's Send-off to the 1st South Dakota Volunteer Infantry

William Reese of the 11th U.S. Infantry Writes Home

49th Iowa Departs for Jacksonville, Florida

Burt Mullin, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Co. C. Writes Home

Parents of Andrew Nelson, 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, are Informed of his Death

The 15th Minnesota, Co. H's Farewell Dinner

Sherman Wyre of the 8th Ohio, Co. H writes home from Camp Alger

Sgt. William Curtis, 9th Massachusetts, Writes of Life at Camp Alger

Lt. Meaker, 1st Vermont Infantry, writes home from Camp Thomas

Peter Hertzog, 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, writes home from Camp Thomas

Thanksgiving at Camp Poland with the 1st West Virginia and Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantries

1st West Virginia Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 3rd North Carolina Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 4th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 6th Virginia Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 31st Michigan Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 158th Indiana Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

In Camp with the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland

The Division Hospital at Camp Poland, Knoxville, Tennessee

Deaths at Camp Poland, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Newspapers Report on 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

A 15th Minnesota Member Who Stayed Behind, and the Community's Wrath

Morgan Lewis (22nd U.S. Inf.) writes of his recovery after Serving in Cuba

Cpl. John Kiernan of the 12th New York Writes Home

The 47th New York Revolts Against Poor Food

The 47th New York in the Newspaper

Capt. John Stotts of the 161st Indiana Writes Home to his Love

The 52nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Returns from Furlough

The 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. L Moves Out

Fred Livingston, 19th U.S. Infantry, Writes from the Camp in Florida

157th Indiana Volunteer Infantry - Letters Home from the Newspaper

2nd Lt. Charles McCague, 157th Indiana, Writes Home from Florida

The Diary of William C. Kniffen, 9th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Cpl. Johannes, 203rd New York, Writes Home from Camp Meade

Sgt. William Curtis, 9th Massachusetts, Awaits Mustering in

The Effect of Army Bands on Camp Life

A Bad Pain in the Head at Camp Thomas, Georgia!

Clyde Timperley, Electrician, USN Writes Home from Brooklyn Navy Yard and League Island

A. W. Perry of the 3rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Writes Home from Florida

An Underage George Harris Tries to Join the Army

Letter written to Charles Harnish, Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery, Battery C

Experiments with War Kites over Fort Slocum, New York

The Army Mule

Maintaining a Social Life While Serving in the 22nd New York Volunteer Infantry

Letter written by Theodore Roosevelt to his Children from Camp in Florida


War in the Philippines

Report to Washington by Admiral Dewey on the Battle of Manila Bay

Admiral Montojo's Report on the Battle of Manila Bay

Capt. Gridley's [OLYMPIA] Report on the Battle of Manila Bay

Capt. Dyer's [BALTIMORE] Report on the Battle of Manila Bay

Lt. Cmdr. Briggs' [BALTIMORE] Report on the Battle of Manila Bay

Gunner Joel Evans' [BOSTON] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Cmdr. E. P. Wood's [PETREL] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Report (in Spanish) of REINA CRISTINA's second in command at Manila Bay

Report (in English) of REINA CRISTINA's second in command at Manila Bay

Opening the Battle of Manila Bay by OLYMPIA's forward turret pointer.

Ensign W. Pitt Scott's [OLYMPIA] account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Lt. John Ellicott's [BALTIMORE] account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Capt. Hodgsdon's [McCULLOCH] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Col. George Loud's [McCULLOCH] account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Col. George Loud's [McCULLOCH] Chronological Diary of the Battle of Manila Bay

Trumpeter Neithercott's [McCULLOCH] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Surgeon Kindleberger's [OLYMPIA] account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Lt. Dion Williams' (USMC) [BALTIMORE] account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Apprentice Longenecker's [OLYMPIA] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Stoker Twitchell's [OLYMPIA] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Baymen Albert Woodward's [RALEIGH] Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

U.S. Consul Williams' Report of the Battle of Manila Bay

A Spanish Account of the Battle of Manila Bay

Admiral Montojo's Letter to Admiral Dewey ||| Dewey's Response

Letter from the Philippines by Wm. B. Smith, 13th Minnesota

Letter from the Philippines by Sgt. Maj. Feodor Krembs, 13th Minnesota

Experiences of the First California Volunteer Infantry

Reminiscences of the 2nd Oregon Volunteer Infantry

Reminiscences of the 18th U.S. Infantry

McKinley explains his decision to retain the Philippines

Flag Lt. Thomas Brumby's Account of the Fall of Manila

First Wyoming Volunteer Infantry at the Fall of Manila

William Crouse of the USS CONCORD Writes Home

George Frankenfield, Utah Battery A, Describes Manila in late 1898

Auction Notice of Personal Effects of Deceased 1st Nebraska Volunteers

1st Lt. Beck, 1st South Dakota Writes home from Aboard Transport RIO DE JANEIRO

Lyndon Emory, 13th Minnesota, on life aboard the Transport CITY OF PARA

George Steunenberg, 1st Idaho, on life aboard the Transport MORGAN CITY

Herbert Walsh's (1st Nebraska) Tally of distances between Honolulu and Manila aboard Transport ARIZONA

The Water Cure

War in the Puerto Rico

An Account of the bombardment of San Juan

The brief career of the Governor's Troop, Pennsylvania Cavalry

Richard Harding Davis' Account of his "capture" of Coamo

Diary of Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery A

Frederick Winter's Account of an Accident in the 7th U.S. Artillery

Capt. John D. Potter Reports on the Use of Dynamite Guns at Guayama

2nd and 3rd Wisconsin and 16th Pennsylvania Volunteers depart for Puerto Rico

William Weinsheimer, 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, writes Home

Peter Hertzog, 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, writes of the Armistice

 Henry Schimberg, of the 2nd Wisconsin goes to War

Fred Livingston, 19th U.S. Infantry, Writes from the Transport Cherokee

Lt. J. Baird French of the 6th U.S.V. Infantry Writes of the Regiment's Arrival

Aboard the Transport Whitney with the 11th U.S. Infantry

William Reese of the 11th U.S. Infantry Writes Home

Letter written to Charles Harnish, Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery, Battery C
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