The Average American Soldier in the
Spanish American War

By Patrick McSherry


According to the U.S. government reports, the average U.S. soldier in the Spanish American War had the following characteristics, based on a study of 9,226 random troops:

Height:    67.59 inches

Weight:    147.07 pounds

Average chest measurement: 37.38 inches

Average age:    27.6 years of age



Bibliography:

Clerk of the Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement: Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1899) Vol I,  578.


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