In hamlet and village and town, prayed for and wrote to their darlings,
Before the Maine went down.
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.
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.
Maine blown up in Havana Harbor at 9:40 tonight and destroyed. Many wounded and doubtless more killed or drowned.