The Spanish killed and wounded sixteen U.S. soldiers before withdrawing to the San Juan Heights just east of Santiago. From atop the ridge of Las Guásimas, General Shafter and his aides surveyed the terrain.
I don’t think there was any great debate about what had to be done. They decided to mount a two-prong attack. One on the San Juan Heights which stood between them and Santiago. And the other on El Caney, where the Spanish had amassed a sizable military force which would be on the Americans’ right flank as they fought in the San Juan Hills.