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8th Ohio Infantry, Spanish-American War

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  • Derward "Derwood" Query (1876 - 1941)
    Spanish American War. Co. C 8th OVI Deward Arnold Query The Canton RepositoryJul 26, 1941Pg 9Wooster Rites Set For Derward QueryFather of Twin High School Coaches Died ThursdaySpecial To The Reposit...

Ohio and the Spanish-American War

15,354 Ohioans served in volunteer and Ohio National Guard Units during the Spanish-American War. Many people in the U.S. objected Spain's treatment of their then colony Cuba. The United States declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898 by President William McKinley, an Ohioan, after the Maine, a U.S. battle ship, exploded near Cuba. The conflict lasted less than 3 months with Spain, and ended in a complete victory for the United States with the 1898 Treaty of Paris. Cuba technically gained independence and the U.S. acquired the Spanish colonies of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines as territories. The 4th, 6th, and 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry's served overseas during the conflict. 230 total deaths were recorded.

8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (1898-1898) - Organized and mustered into the service of the United States at Columbus, Ohio, May 13, 1898, with 48 officers and 838 enlisted men.
Assigned to Second Brigade, First Division, Second Army Corps, May 19
Assigned to Second Provisional Brigade, Fifth Army Corps, July 10
Left Columbus May 18; arrived at Camp Alger, Va., May 19
Left Camp Alger July 5; arrived at New York City same date
Sailed from New York City on steamship "St. Paul" July 6; arrived at Santiago, Cuba, July 10
Participated in the Santiago campaign
Sailed from Santiago August 18; arrived at Montauk Point, N. Y., August 26
Left Montauk Point September 6; arrived at Columbus, Ohio, September 8
Furloughed for sixty days September 9.
Mustered out of the service of the United States at Wooster, Ohio, November 21, 1898, with 50 officers and 1,180 enlisted men. Casualties while in service: Officers-died of disease, 4. Enlisted men-died of disease, 68; deserted, 2.
Correspondence Relating to the War with Spain, Center for Military History, U.S. Army, Vol 1
The Organization of the Army during the Spanish-American War, page 509
Organization of Volunteers, page 581