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  • Lieut. Col. Charles Byrne (1855 - 1933)
    Lieut. Colonel Charles Byrne, United States Army, retired, was a native of Vancouver, Washington. He received his commission in the Army in 1877. On March 14, 1908, he retired after 30 years of service...
  • David J. Cole (1879 - 1959)
    Pvt. Co. A 28th Reg. Inf. Vol. S.A.W. In 1900, he was stationed at Taal, Philippine Islands as part of the Military and Naval Forces. Listed on the 1930 U.S. Census as a benchworker for an air brake ...
  • William Upton Gunther Keller (1871 - 1953)
    He married 24 December 1914 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO Zuma Radabaugh daughter of Milton Creighton and Emma(Henkle)Radabaugh. They had f children.Imported from: US Veteran's AffairsRecord added: M...
  • Lt. Cdr. James Proctor Morton, (USN) (1874 - 1928)
    Morton, James Proctor was born on February 8, 1874 in Rockford, Tennessee, United States. Student of University of Missouri, 1890-1891. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1895. Promoted en...
  • Admiral Thomas B. Howard, (USN) (1854 - 1920)
    Admiral Thomas Benton Howard (August 10, 1854 – November 10, 1920) was an admiral in the United States Navy. He served as commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet prior to United States en...

The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States. It ultimately ended with the Americans defeating the Spaniards. Revolts against Spanish rule had been endemic for decades in Cuba and were closely watched by Americans; there had been war scares before, as in the Virginius Affair in 1873. By 1897–98, American public opinion grew angrier at reports of Spanish atrocities. After the mysterious sinking of the American battleship Maine in Havana harbor, political pressures from the Democratic Party pushed the government of President William McKinley, a Republican, into a war McKinley had wished to avoid. Compromise proved impossible, resulting in an ultimatum sent to Madrid demanding it relinquish control of Cuba immediately, which was not accepted. First Madrid, then Washington, formally declared war.

Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. A series of one-sided American naval and military victories followed on all fronts, owing to their numerical superiority in most of the battles and despite the good performance of some of the Spanish infantry units. The outcome was the 1898 Treaty of Paris — which was favorable to the U.S. — followed by temporary American control of Cuba and indefinite colonial authority over Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. The defeat and subsequent end of the Spanish Empire was a profound shock for Spain's national psyche. The victor gained several island possessions spanning the globe and a rancorous new debate over the wisdom of imperialism.

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There were 28 soldiers from Washington County, Georgia, in the Spanish-American War. However, several others from the County enrolled from other places. Only one man saw service in Cuba, Forrest English of Sandersville, because he had been transferred to the Third Georgia Regiment. (See Washington County, Georgia).

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