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The war with Spain; a complete history of the war of 1898 between the United States and Spain (1899) (14780086242)


The war with Spain; a complete history of the war of 1898 between the United States and Spain (1899) (14780086242)



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Title: The war with Spain; a complete history of the war of 1898 between the United States and Spain
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: Morris, Charles, 1833-1922
Subjects: Spanish-American War, 1898
Publisher: Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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he Olympia following,with Dewey occupying the perilous position on thebridge which he had maintained throughout. As theycame within range, nearly the whole Spanish fleet wasseen to be in flames, the flag-ship burning fiercely.Again shells were poured upon the devoted ships, theSpaniards still firing, but with less energy than before.By noon their fire had nearly ceased. At 12.30 thesquadron ceased firing, the batteries being silenced andthe Spanish ships sunk, burnt, and deserted. Everyflag had gone down except one that floated above asmall fortification in the distance. The transport Isla deMindanao was still afloat, but a few shots through itshelpless hulk soon set it in flames. At 12.40 the squadron withdrew towards Manila,having finished its work, the little Petrel being left tocomplete the destruction of the gunboats which laywithin the interior harbor. Lieutenant Hughes, withan armed boats crew, set fire to these, and soon theywere vying in flame with the larger vessels outside.
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THE WAR WITH SPAIN. 165 Warning was sent to Governor-General Augustin, theauthor of the grandiloquent proclamation of a weekbefore, that the port of Manila was under blockade, andthat at a single shot from his batteries at any Americanship the city would be laid in ashes. The victory had been one without parallel in the wholehistory of naval warfare. For three or four hours theAmerican ships had been exposed, within easy range,to a hot fire from the Spanish fleet and forts, and yet allthat fiery storm had failed to kill a single man or to doserious injury to a single ship. On the other hand, theSpanish fleet had ceased to exist. Its burnt remnantslay on the bottom of the bay. In men the loss had beenas severe as in ships. General Augustin gave their num-ber at six hundred and eighteen. It was probably neara thousand, the Reina Cristina alone having one hundredand fifty killed, the captain among them. During thebattle, Admiral Montojo had been obliged to shift hisflag from the burning

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