Spanish American War Website Banner


Please Visit our Home Page to learn more about the Spanish American War
Dewey's Flagship, OLYMPIA needs your help!! Click here to learn how you can help!
This site is indebted to Jess Giessel for articles (as noted throughout), the overall website format, and the actual design of some of its pages. The remaining pages were based on his initial design. See below, for an image of Jess' great-grandmother during the war period.

Patrick McSherry is responsible for many of the website's articles (as noted throughout) and for collaboration with many of the contributors. He serves as overall editor, a position he has held since 1998. Pat has many historical articles in print, published both nationally and  internationally.

 Patrick McSherry, Jack McSherry, Jr., and Ken Brooks on OLYMPIA

Patrick McSherry with binoculars on the History Channel's "Spanish American War -
Birth of a Superpower" (with Ken Brooks at the wheel and Jack L. McSherry, Jr. in the background)

McSherry has written articles for publications such as Sea Classics, Naval History, History Magazine, Leatherneck, Family Chronicle, The Artilleryman, Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society, U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Magazine, Guantanamo Bay Gazette, Occasional Publications of the Epigraphic Society, Veterans News, and Lancaster Heritage. In addition, McSherry has worked with Russian Spanish Navy expert Nick Mitiuckov to co-author several articles on the U.S. Dynamite Cruiser VESUVIUS, which has appeared the Proceeding of the Izhevsk Technical College, and as a separate booklet on the vessel published in Russia. The pair have also collaborated on articles on dynamite guns, cruisers and the capture of Guam in Tehnika i vooruzhenie (Technical and Combat Equipment) and in the Polish publication Okrety Wojenne (Warships). McSherry was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American, and Philippine-American Wars: A Political, Social and Military History published by ABC-CLIO. Most recently, McSherry's first full book, Damn the Fates! The History of Independent Battery I, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, a Civil War battery was published and is available through Amazon.

McSherry has served as technical advisor for a variety of video documentary productions such as a work on the wreck of the USS NEW YORK in Subic Bay. He has appeared in the Lou Reda Productions for the History Channel of "Spanish American War - Birth of a Superpower," and "Battle History of the U.S. Navy." He has also served as an advisor on the PBS Production "Search for the USS MAINE" and also appeared in a Discovery Channel Production on the loss of the MAINE. Most recently he served as an historical advisor and appeared in an upcoming NFL Films documentary on the Spanish American War scheduled to air in the Spring of 2007 on the History Channel.

McSherry served as a volunteer aboard the Cruiser OLYMPIA as a member of the Living History Crew of the OLYMPIA from 1996 to 2005. During this period, he served as president of the Crew's Ship Council for five years, and was a member of the Ship's Council for the remainder of the period.  He had the distinct honor of having his father and two of his sons join him as part of the crew.

Pat served as Category Editor for the Open Directory Project's Spanish American War and Spanish American War Living History categories.

In November, 2008, McSherry had the unique opportunity to travel to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba to study Spanish American War sites that exist on the base grounds. In 2019, he traveled to Spain.

McSherry, now a grandfather lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. (See below for an image of Pat's relative, Willard McSherry, who served in Puerto Rico).

Willard McSherry, 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Willard McSherry, a cousin of Pat's grandfather, was a member of the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
and served in Puerto Rico. He died of disease contracted Puerto Rico within a year of his return to the U.S.

Evva Maria Waddell and family

This photo was taken on the 4th of July, 1898 at Yelm, Wash. The small girl in white, fourth from right, is Jess Giessel's
Great Grandmother, Evva Maria Waddell (and yes, that's Evva, with two "v's", pronounced Ehva, not Eva).
Also notable is the young woman to her left who is wearing a red, white, and blue bow on her dress.

Support this Site by Visiting the Website Store! (help us defray costs!)
We are providing the following service for our readers. If you are interested in books, videos, CD's etc. related to the Spanish American War, simply type in "Spanish American War" (or whatever you are interested in) as the keyword and click on "go" to get a list of titles available through

Visit Main Page for copyright data

Return to Main Page