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Title: America’s war for humanity, related in story and picture, embracing a complete history of Cuba’s struggle for liberty…
Year: 1898 (1890s)
Authors: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Publisher: New York, Thompson
Contributing Library: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Digitizing Sponsor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
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f resisting any force the Spaniards would beable to send against it. There was another enthusiastic demonstration whenthe American colors were raised over the fortified camp, and the men becamemore anxious than ever to meet the enemy. The engagement that preceded the landing of the marines was short anddecisive. The whole operation of silencing the Spanish guns and landingthe forces was as easy as placing a Sunday-school picnic. The Marblehead.,backed by the Vixen and Dolphin., opened fire on the earthworks. The shoresto the right of the entrance were lined with guns and rifle-pits, but the Span-iards stampeded after firing a few shots. The city of Guantanamo lies four miles up the bay, and a little Spanishgunboat came down to help the shore batteries. But she stayed just longenough to turn around. Numerous shots were fired by the Spaniards, butnot one landed, and no Americans were injured. y-^,fr.-ajf^^l(||g||pi^lpl5^^_ .J.^JW^^-WSItl-^. fTjfeSf%^«i«k5S«-%r:T.*:Ji;>?^^ 1* ifET^
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414 AMERICAS WAR FOR HUMANITY. After the landing of the marines they found evidence of a very hastydeparture upon the part of the valorous Spaniards. Watches, hammocks andammunition were scattered about the earthworks, and a Spanish flag wasfound in one of the rifle-pits. A large batch of official telegrams, signed byprominent Spanish officers, and relating to the strength of fortifications andplans for the movement of Spanish troops, was also found, and proved to beof considerable value to the Americans. About three oclock on the morning of the 11th, the Americans wereattacked by a large force of Spanish guerrillas and bushwhackers, and duringthis fight, which lasted almost continuously for about twenty-four hours, fourof our men were killed and several wounded. Among the killed was Assist-ant Surgeon John Blair Gibbs, son of Major Gibbs, formerly of the regulararmy, who fell at the Custer massacre. Dr. Gibbs home was at Richmond,Virginia, but he had been practicing for some time in
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