The War with Spain in 1898

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - History - 654 pages
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"The book's virtues are many: the author's often persuasive judgments, the scrupulous care with which he treats sources, the illuminating integration of American, Spanish, Cuban, and Filipino perspectives. . . . This is, in sum, a work that will long remain the major reference volume on the war of 1898".-American Historical Review. "[Trask] examines many of the political and geographical ramifications so often overlooked in popular histories. This is all deftly presented and the battle scenes are exciting".-Library Journal. "Remember the Maine!" The war cry spread throughout the United States after the American battleship was blown up in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. Americans, already sympathetic with Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain, demanded action. Brief and decisive, not too costly, the Spanish-American War made the United States a world power. David F. Trask's War with Spain in 1898 is a cogent political and military history of that "splendid little war". It describes the failure of diplomacy; the state of preparedness of both sides; the battles, including those of Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders; the enlargement of conflict to rout the Spanish from Puerto Rico and the Philippines; and the misconceptions surrounding the war. Chief historian at the U.S. Army Center for Military History, David F. Trask is also the author of The AEF and Coalition Warmaking, 1917-1918.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition i
49
Ascending the Mississippi November 2ODecember 12 1803
95
Wintering at Camp Dubois December 13 1803May 14 1804
133
Chapter 4
415
Members of the Expedition
509
Provenance and Description of the Journals
530
LIST OF MAPS viii
viii
Origins of the War with Spain 1
1
The Blockade of Cuba 108
108
Mobilization of the United States Army 145
145
Beginnings of the Campaign at Santiago dc Cuba 194
194
Battles of El Caney and the San Juan Heights 225
225
The Sea Battle of Santiago de Cuba 257
257
Admiral Camara and the Eastern Squadron 270
270
The Siege of Santiago de Cuba 286
286
After the Capitulation at Santiago de Cuba 320
320

The Failure of Diplomacy 30
30
Spains Preparations for War 60
60
War Plans and Preparations in the United States 72
72
The Battle of Manila Bay 95
95
The Puerto Rican Campaign 336
336
Beginnings of the Manila Campaign 369
369
The Rise of Emilio Aguinaldo 391
391
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Chief historian at the U.S. Army Center for Military History, David F. Trask is also the author of The AEF and Coalition Warmaking, 1917?1918.

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