The Average American Soldier in the
Spanish American War

By Patrick McSherry

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According to the U.S. government reports, the average U.S. soldier in the Spanish American War had the following characteristics, based on a study of 9,226 random troops:

Height:    67.59 inches

Weight:    147.07 pounds

Average chest measurement: 37.38 inches

Average age:    27.6 years of age


Clerk of the Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement: Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1899) Vol I,  578.

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