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"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
"Well written and witty."—The NYMAS Review
Posted September 6, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2009
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