The Little War of Private Post: The Spanish-American War Seen Up Close

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Charles Johnson Post (1873–1956) received not one but two handmade red flannel bellybands for protection against tropical fevers when he enlisted as a private in 1898 with the 71st New York Infantry. He was paid a monthly wage of $13.00, with an additional $1.30 combat pay per month. Setting off for what he later termed "the little wars that are the mere trivia of history," he came back to write "a mild chronicle of many little men who were painting on a big canvas, and of their little epic routines of life, with...
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Overview

Charles Johnson Post (1873–1956) received not one but two handmade red flannel bellybands for protection against tropical fevers when he enlisted as a private in 1898 with the 71st New York Infantry. He was paid a monthly wage of $13.00, with an additional $1.30 combat pay per month. Setting off for what he later termed "the little wars that are the mere trivia of history," he came back to write "a mild chronicle of many little men who were painting on a big canvas, and of their little epic routines of life, with a common death at their elbow. It is only the little, but keen, tribulations that made the epic routine of an old-fashioned war."
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The NYMAS Review
"Well written and witty."—The NYMAS Review
Military Affairs
"This posthumous publication on the War with Spain is a generally straightforward, often amusing, frequently colorful, and occasionally gripping narrative of a New York artist-volunteer who landed with the Fifth Army Corps at Siboney, rushed to aid the Rough Riders at Las Guásimas, fought through the horrors of Bloody Ford and Hell’s Pocket, participated in the siege of Santiago, and survived the fever-ridden aftermath at Montauk Point."—Military Affairs
Military Affairs

"This posthumous publication on the War with Spain is a generally straightforward, often amusing, frequently colorful, and occasionally gripping narrative of a New York artist-volunteer who landed with the Fifth Army Corps at Siboney, rushed to aid the Rough Riders at Las Guásimas, fought through the horrors of Bloody Ford and Hell’s Pocket, participated in the siege of Santiago, and survived the fever-ridden aftermath at Montauk Point."—Military Affairs

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"Well written and witty."—The NYMAS Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803287570
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham A. Cosmas is chief of the General History Branch at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is the author of An Army for Empire: The United States Army in the Spanish-American War. Mary Lou Gjernes is chief of the Collections Branch at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    A living history account of the Spanish-American conflict not written by Teddy Roosevelt

    This book came as a very pleasent surprise to me. Written from the 'artists' perspective, since Charles Johnson Post had been a trained watercolor artist before enlisting in the Army,the reader is taken through through Post's enlistment, training, and brush with combat in Cuba. Reading his first-person account of going into action for the first time at Bloody Ford you feel you are almost there beside him, thanks to his in-depth description of people, places, and events. You can almost see Post and his comrades advancing up San Juan Hill and hear the whiz of the Mauser bullets that would cut down so many of these brave men before the end of that July 1st Day. What also added to the enjoyment of the book was Johnson's watercolor prints of the battle and its aftermath, some of which he had done while still in Cuba, with the memory of these events still fresh in his mind. If you are looking for a excellent, first-person account of what the average American combat soldier had to endure in the Cuban jungles (disease, malnutrition, as well as the heat) this is the book to buy.

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