The Spanish-American War at Sea: Naval Action in the Atlantic

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By piecing together diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and rare privately printed memoirs, the author has created a story which tells how America's ragtag navy—composed mainly of converted yachts, steamers and tugboats—was able to fight and win against the more powerful Spanish gunboats. The naval battles fought in places like Santiago, Cardenas, Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Port Nipe, Guantanamo, San Juan, Guanica, and Ponce come alive in this book. The stories of the brave little ships that fought these battles—with ...

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Overview

By piecing together diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and rare privately printed memoirs, the author has created a story which tells how America's ragtag navy—composed mainly of converted yachts, steamers and tugboats—was able to fight and win against the more powerful Spanish gunboats. The naval battles fought in places like Santiago, Cardenas, Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Port Nipe, Guantanamo, San Juan, Guanica, and Ponce come alive in this book. The stories of the brave little ships that fought these battles—with names like the Gloucester and the Yosemite—at times against overwhelming odds, demonstrates the excellent training of the men who manned their guns under leadership of daring officers. This book fills in many of the missing pieces in the history of the Spanish-American War.

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Drawing on memoirs, letters, newspaper accounts, and other contemporary accounts, military historian Feuer describes all the naval action in the Atlantic during the 1898 Spanish-American War in which the US liberated Cuba from Spanish colonial rule and acquired Puerto Rico as a colony of her own. Included are the execution of the blockade of Cuban ports, the shelling of Cuban cities, the cutting of undersea cables, skirmishes at Cardenas and Cienfuegos, the seizure of Guantanamo and Daiquiri, and the expedition against Puerto Rico. Well illustrated with photographs and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275951061
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. FEUER is a military historian and freelance newspaper and magazine journalist.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 The Life and Death of the Maine 1
2 War Is Declared and the Blockade of Cuba Begins 17
3 The Voyage of the Oregon 37
4 The Bombardment of San Juan, Puerto Rico 49
5 The Attack at Cardenas 65
6 The Cable Cutting at Cienfuegos 75
7 Admiral Pascual Cervera Arrives at Santiago, Cuba 83
8 The Sinking of the Merrimac in Santiago Bay 95
9 The Bombardment of the Santiago Harbor Forts 113
10 The Capture of Guantanamo Bay 119
11 Lieutenant Victor Blue's Journey to Santiago Harbor 137
12 The Yosemite and the Purisima Conception 147
13 General Shafter's Fifth Army Corps Lands in Cuba 155
14 Day of Battle at Manzanillo 161
15 The Naval Engagement at Santiago Bay 169
16 Captain Littleton Waller Tazewell Waller's Story 181
17 Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright's Story 187
18 The Surrender of Santiago and the Battle at Port Nipe 191
19 The Invasion of Puerto Rico 199
20 The Surrender of Manzanillo 205
Epilogue 209
Appendix: Navy of the United States - North Atlantic Fleet 211
Bibliography 217
Index 219
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