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The Spanish American War was a
conflict between the United States and Spain. The conflict, also
known as the "Spanish War" and the "War with Spain," occurred
between April 22 and December 10, 1898. The war concluded with the
signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898.
1: The first section of this website below provides
timeline of the war, basic information on the war such as a
summary of the Spanish American War, the declarations of war,
information on where the war was fought, the causes of the Spanish
American War, why the war was fought, Weyler's Reconcentration
order, major battles, the effects of the war, the Battleship
MAINE, and the Treaty of Paris. In addition, there is general
information on the average Spanish American War soldier, and
the last surviving veterans of the war. This section also includes
biographies of the people involved such as Theodore Roosevelt,
William Shafter, Admiral Dewey Admiral Cervera, etc., Lastly, this
sections includes specific information on the war in Cuba, the
Philippines, Puerto Rico, etc.
2: The second section of this website includes
information on the Spanish and American Navies of 1898, with ship
histories, technical data, and crew rosters. Also included is
histories and technical data on the weapons used such as the
Spanish Mauser, the Krag rifle and the .45-.70 "trapdoor" rifle,
Lee Rifle, the Dudley Sims Dynamite Gun, the Whitehead torpedo,
etc. Also included are histories of the regiments that fought in
the war such as the "Rough Riders," 20th Kansas Volunteer
Infantry, etc. We have included information on Spanish and
American army and navy uniforms, flags, medals, and dog tags.
Additionally, we include specific information on African Americans
and Native Americans who served in the war. Lastly, we include
data on prisoners of war.
3: The third section of the website includes data of use
to family members and genealogists looking for data on individuals
who served in the War with Spain. This section includes rosters /
muster rolls of the various regiments and naval vessels who took
part in the war. Also included under "Researching a Spanish
American War Veteran" we include articles on how to research a
specific veteran, links to useful data, information on how to read
a gravestone correctly, a glossary of abbreviations found on
gravestones, and information on how the Spanish American War and
the Philippine American War are related.
4: The fourth section of the website includes
information on important aspects of the war, such as the
American newspapers, their reporters such as Stephen Crane,
and Richard Harding Davis, etc. We address "Yellow Journalism"
and the competition between Pulitzer and Hearst. This section
also includes information on the practice of medicine during
the war, as well as the music from the war period, its brass
bands and people like John Philip Sousa. Lastly, this section
also addresses how the troops and navy crews were fed, even
including some recipes!
5: The fifth and last section of the website addresses
how the Spanish American War is remembered today, through Living
History and re-enactment groups, events and exhibits, and places
to visits such as museums and even shipwrecks. We also include
worksheets that can be used by teachers in their classes to
teach about the war.
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