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“BEFORE THE MAINE WENT DOWN”


Before the Maine went down, mothers and matrons and sweethearts,

In hamlet and village and town, prayed for and wrote to their darlings,

Before the Maine went down.
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On February 15th, 1898, the Maine had been moored for three weeks in Havana harbor without incident. The crew was anxious to return to the United States.



GEORGE O’TOOLE


And Captain Sigsbee, who was the Commander of the Maine, recalled that the--the marine sergeant who played “Taps” on the bugle was--was achieving some very elaborate flourishes with it that night. But the sense was tranquillity, peaceful.
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As sailors aboard the Maine began falling asleep, an explosion rocked the front end of the ship. At eleven p.m., Captain Sigsbee wired Washington.


CHARLES SIGSBEE

Maine blown up in Havana Harbor at 9:40 tonight and destroyed. Many wounded and doubtless more killed or drowned.






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