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History of the Gatling Gun Detachment, Fifth Army Corps, at Santiago With a Few Unvarnished Truths Concerning that Expedition   By: (1866-)

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In "History of the Gatling Gun Detachment, Fifth Army Corps, at Santiago With a Few Unvarnished Truths Concerning that Expedition," John H. Parker delivers an insightful and detailed account of the unit's experiences during the Spanish-American War. From start to finish, Parker takes readers on an engaging journey through the challenges and triumphs faced by the brave soldiers in the Gatling Gun Detachment.

Parker's writing style is compelling, blending historical accuracy with a personal touch. He begins by setting the stage, vividly describing the political climate and tensions leading up to the conflict. This background information allows readers to grasp the significance of the Gatling Gun Detachment's role in the larger military campaign, enhancing their appreciation for the story that unfolds.

One of the book's notable strengths is the level of detail provided. Parker leaves no aspect of the detachment's experiences unexplored. From the first deployments to the logistical challenges faced on the battlefield, readers gain a deep understanding of the soldiers' daily lives and the complexity of their operations. Furthermore, Parker's narrative seamlessly weaves in personal anecdotes from the soldiers themselves, humanizing the story and creating a more well-rounded depiction of the time.

Beyond the personal accounts, Parker skillfully integrates historical analysis, presenting readers with a broader perspective on the war and its impact. He delves into the larger strategic and tactical considerations, highlighting the detachment's contributions as part of the Fifth Army Corps. This broader context adds depth to the narrative, illuminating the specific challenges faced by the Gatling Gun Detachment and their importance within the grander scheme of the war.

Although the book primarily focuses on the Gatling Gun Detachment, Parker occasionally diverges into discussions of military strategy, organization, and the political climate of the era. While these digressions may appeal to readers interested in a comprehensive view of the period, they could be considered distracting for others solely interested in the firsthand experiences of the detachment. However, these sections do not overshadow the central narrative and can be skipped without compromising the overall understanding of the Detachment's story.

In terms of writing style, Parker demonstrates a remarkable ability to balance historical rigor with accessible prose. He presents complex military concepts and historical events in a way that remains engaging to the average reader. This approach, combined with his obvious passion for the subject matter, sets "History of the Gatling Gun Detachment, Fifth Army Corps, at Santiago With a Few Unvarnished Truths Concerning that Expedition" apart as a valuable contribution to the field of military history.

Overall, John H. Parker's "History of the Gatling Gun Detachment, Fifth Army Corps, at Santiago With a Few Unvarnished Truths Concerning that Expedition" is a commendable work capturing the valor and sacrifices of soldiers during a critical moment in American history. With its meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and comprehensive approach, the book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Spanish-American War and the remarkable journey of the Gatling Gun Detachment.

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With a Few Unvarnished Truths Concerning that Expedition.

(Short Title: The Gatlings at Santiago)

BY JOHN H. PARKER, 1st Lieut. 13th Inf.

(Late) Commanding Gatling Gun Detachment, Fifth Army Corps, at Santiago.


To the Enlisted Members of the Detachment, Who, by Their Devotion, Courage and Endurance, Made Its Success Possible, this Volume is Dedicated as a Token of Esteem by the Author.


I. L'envoi. II. Inception Of The Scheme. III. The Ordnance Depot. IV. The Voyage And Disembarkation. V. The March. VI. The Battery In Camp Wheeler. VII. The Battle. VIII. Tactical Analysis Of The Battles At Santiago. IX. The Volunteers. X. The Sufferings Of The Fifth Army Corps. XI. Home Again. Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III Index

The photographic illustrations in this work are due to the courage and kindness of Mr. John N. Weigle, of Gettysburg, Pa. This young man was first sergeant of the Gatling Gun Detachment, and took with him a large supply of material. It was his delight to photograph everything that occurred, and his pleasure to furnish a set of photographs for the use of the author. Mr. Weigle was recommended for a commission in the Regular Army of the United States, for his extreme gallantry in action, and is a magnificent type of the American youth... Continue reading book >>

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