Inside the Spanish-American War

A History Based on First-Person Accounts


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About the Book

This is the story of the Spanish-American War, told not from the perspective of generals, policy makers, or politicians, but from that of the soldiers, sailors and marines in the field and the reporters who covered their efforts. Concentration on the daily lives of these people provides insight into the often overlooked facets of a soldier’s life, detailing their training and interaction with weaponry, their food, clothing, and medical supplies, and their personal interactions and daily struggles. While the Spanish-American War set the stage for America’s emergence as a global power, this is its history on an individual scale, as seen through the eyes of those upon whom the war had the most immediate impact.

About the Author(s)

James M. McCaffrey is a professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown. He is the author of several other history books and lives in Houston, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

James M. McCaffrey
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 230
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020 [2009]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8179-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5312-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. From Cuban Revolution to American War with Spain      3
2. Dewey’s Battle for Manila Bay      8
3. Mobilizing for War      20
4. Naval Blockade of Cuba      49
5. Fifth Corps’ Baptism of Fire      75
6. Heavy Fighting in Cuba      91
7. Naval Battle Forces Surrender      110
8. Eighth Corps to Manila      129
9. The Philippines Campaign      142
10. The Puerto Rico Campaign      158
11. Coming Home      174
12. Epilogue      186

Chapter Notes      193
Bibliography      209
Index      221