The US Army in the
War with Spain
Dedicated in Memory of these Veterans of the War with Spain:
John Habermann, Ed Halritz, Gene Moon, & Ben Ortsheid
Americans watched sympathetically as the Cuban people were herded
into concentration camps and garrisoned towns by the Spanish Colonial
Governor, General Valeriano Weyler. Word escaped that the Cubans were
dying by the thousands
in these enclosures.
In early 1898, a private letter written by the Spanish Minister
to the United States, Dupuy de L“me, was purloined from the Post
Office in Havanna. The letter spoke about American President William
McKinley in very disrespectful and inflammatory terms; it was viewed as
a national insult.
mid-February, the American battleship,
U.S.S. Maine, was sunk in the harbor at Havanna
after a tremendous explosion which ripped the
vessel apart and killed 260 members of the crew.
American newspapers took over from there;
In April, Congress proclaimed Cuba free and independent and
authorized the President to use land and naval forces to expel Spain
from Cuba. President McKinley threw a naval blockade around Cuba.
Congress voted to double the size of the Regular Army and issued a call
for 125,000 volunteers.
Insignia of Rank-Officers
Insignia of Branch
Army Uniform Posters
- Insignia of Rank-Enlisted