The Spanish-American War Volume 3

The Spanish-American War Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... to attempt it after--.the destruction of Cervera's fleet. When General Shafter learned of Admiral Sampson's unwillingness to attempt to clear the harbor and enter, he sent the following despatches to the War Department on the 4th and 5th of J uly: " july 4, I898. " If Sampson will force an entrance with all his fleet to the upper bay of Santiago, we can take the place within a few hours. Under these conditions I believe the town will surrender. If the army is to take the place, I want I 5,000 troops speedily, and it is not certain that they can he landed, as it is getting stormy. Sure and speedy way is through the bay. Am now in position to do my part." i " july 4, 1898. " I regard it as necessary that the navy force an entrance into the harbor of Santiago not later than the 6th instant and assist in the capture of the place. If they do, I believe the place will surrender without further sacrifice of life." " july 5, I898. " Navy should go into Santiago Harbor at any cost. If they do I believe we will take the city and all the troops that are there. If they do not the country should be prepared for heavy losses among our troops...." On the 5th of July the Secretary of War carried the second and third of these messages to the President, and asked that, because of the great emergency then confronting the army, the navy should either force the harbor entrance at once, or permit the army to do so with one of the small ships of the navy, which enterprise the army was ready to undertake. As a result of this conference, Shafter was sent this despatch: " ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, "WASHINGTON, july 5, I898--1I.2o A.M. " Major-General Shafter, Playa del Este, Cuba....show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741587
  • 9781236741585