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Campaigning in Cuba   By: (1845-1924)

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CAMPAIGNING IN CUBA

BY GEORGE KENNAN AUTHOR OF "SIBERIA AND THE EXILE SYSTEM"

NEW YORK THE CENTURY CO. 1899

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. STARTING FOR THE FIELD 1

II. UNDER THE RED CROSS 10

III. ON THE EDGE OF WAR 23

IV. WAR CORRESPONDENTS AND DESPATCH BOATS 35

V. OFF FOR SANTIAGO 44

VI. THE CUBAN COAST 53

VII. THE FIGHT AT GUANTANAMO 65

VIII. THE LANDING AND ADVANCE OF THE ARMY 76

IX. A WALK TO THE FRONT 88

X. SIBONEY ON THE EVE OF BATTLE 104

XI. THE BATTLES OF CANEY AND SAN JUAN 116

XII. THE FIELD HOSPITAL 130

XIII. SIBONEY DURING THE ARMISTICE 150

XIV. ENTERING SANTIAGO HARBOR 164

XV. THE CAPTURED CITY 171

XVI. THE FEEDING OF THE HUNGRY 182

XVII. MORRO CASTLE 192

XVIII. FEVER IN THE ARMY 213

XIX. THE SANTIAGO CAMPAIGN 222

XX. THE SANTIAGO CAMPAIGN ( Continued ) 237

XXI. THE SANTIAGO CAMPAIGN ( Concluded ) 256

CAMPAIGNING IN CUBA

CHAPTER I

STARTING FOR THE FIELD

War broke out between the United States and Spain on April 21, 1898. A week or ten days later I was asked by the editors of the "Outlook" of New York to go to Cuba with Miss Clara Barton, on the Red Cross steamer State of Texas , and report the war and the work of the Red Cross for that periodical. After a hasty conference with the editorial and business staffs of the paper I was to represent, I accepted the proposition, and on May 5 left Washington for Key West, where the State of Texas was awaiting orders from the Navy Department. The army of invasion, under command of General Shafter, was then assembling at Tampa, and it was expected that a hostile movement to some point on the Cuban coast would be made before the end of the month.

I reached Tampa on the evening of Friday, May 6. The Pullman cars of the Florida express, at that time, ran through the city of Tampa and across the river into the spacious grounds of the beautiful Tampa Bay Hotel, which, after closing for the regular winter season, had been compelled to reopen its doors partly to accommodate the large number of officers and war correspondents who had assembled there with their wives and friends, and partly to serve as headquarters for the army of Cuban invasion.

It was a warm, clear Southern night when we arrived, and the scene presented by the hotel and its environment, as we stepped out of the train, was one of unexpected brilliancy and beauty. A nearly full moon was just rising over the trees on the eastern side of the hotel park, touching with silver the drifts of white blossoms on dark masses of oleander trees in the foreground, and flooding with soft yellow light the domes, Moorish arches, and long fa├žade of the whole immense building. Two regimental bands were playing waltzes and patriotic airs under a long row of incandescent lights on the broad veranda; fine looking, sunbrowned men, in all the varied uniforms of army and navy, were gathered in groups here and there, smoking, talking, or listening to the music; the rotunda was crowded with officers, war correspondents, and gaily attired ladies, and the impression made upon a newcomer, as he alighted from the train, was that of a brilliant military ball at a fashionable seaside summer resort... Continue reading book >>




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