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Entrenched six hundred yards from Santiago, the U.S. Army awaited orders to proceed.

JOSEPH WHEELER


The defenses of Santiago were constructed with commendable skill. To take the city by assault would cost us at least three thousand men. General “Fighting Joe” Wheeler.

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But Spain’s unwillingness to surrender its fleet would spare American soldiers the bloodshed. On July 3rd, less than two weeks after the U.S. Army had landed in Cuba, the Spanish Admiral Cervera confronted Rear Admiral Sampson’s blockade of Santiago Bay.




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