The Spanish American War

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The Spanish–American War was fought between Spain and the United States in 1898. Hostilities began after the explosion of the USS Maine in Cuba leading to United States intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain’s Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.

Spanish American War Period: April 21, 1898 – August 13, 1898 (3 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)

Spanish American War Locations: Cuba and Puerto Rico (Caribbean) Philippines and Guam (Asia-Pacific)

Spanish American War’s American Casualties and losses:
392 killed
2,621 died of disease
1,645 wounded
8 captured

Rescue of Rough Riders at San Juan Hill, July 2, 1898 depicting the Battle of San Juan Hill




The Spanish American War Patriotic Societies and Veteran’s Service Organizations

AVSOPS : Organization Indexing Que
The American Red Cross
Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association
The Army & Navy Union USA
Buffalo Soldiers
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Legion of Valor of the United States of America
Navy League of the United States
Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy
Sons of Spanish American War Veterans
United Spanish War Veterans
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association
Naval Order of the United States

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April 25, 1898: The U.S. Congress declares war on Spain.
May 1, 1898: In the first battle between Spanish and American Forces, U.S. Commodore Dewey and his Asiatic squadron defeat the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay in the Philippines.
June 22, 1898: U.S. troops land in Cuba.
July 1, 1898: U.S. forces defeat the Spanish at the Battle of San Juan Heights.
July 3, 1898: U.S. forces destroy the Spanish Fleet off Santiago Bay, Cuba.
July 17, 1898: The Spanish surrender at Santiago.
August 12, 1898: The U.S. and Spain sign the Protocol of Peace, ending hostilities between the two.
December 10, 1898:  The Treaty of Paris is signed by representatives from the U.S. and Spain. After extensive debate, the treaty is ratified by the U.S. senate on February 6, 1899. Under the treaty, the U.S. acquires control over Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.


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Spanish American War Memorial(s)

Rough Riders Memorial Military Cemetery


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