Preparations for the Spanish-American War

Start Your Visit With

Historical Timelines
Chronological Eras
Information Tables
General Interest Maps
History Quizzes

Travel and History Blog

Follow OregonCoastMag on Twitter


The U.S. Army in 1898 was small, about 25,000 soldiers, and scattered throughout the country. The bulk of the force was assigned to holding Native Americans in check in the West. This lack of manpower generated a heavy reliance on National Guard soldiers from the various states. Many commanders of the local forces were political appointees of dubious military value.

Large numbers of black soldiers volunteered for service in the war. At the staging area in Tampa, Florida, tensions rose because of racial slights inflicted by white soldiers and residents.

Recruitment goals were reached quickly, but the government lacked sufficient rifles and ammunition. Woolen winter uniforms were issued, inappropriate for summertime Tampa, let alone Cuba. The soldiers' health was imperiled by the issuance of spoiled canned beef on the ships bound for Cuba. Medical services there were stretched to the limit and malaria, dysentery and typhoid would take a far heavier toll than Spanish bullets.

Off-site search results for "Preparations for the Spanish-American War"...

Spanish American War: Preparation
Ever since the Civil War the army had been neglected, in spite of recommendations and protests from army officers and the War Department. Although the officers were as fine a body as ever wore uniform, Congress never looked upon them and the men ... ...

The Spanish-American War
... CONTENTS The Cuban Situation in 1898 Unpreparedness for War Preparations for War Appointments and Importunities Plans of Campaign Embarkation at Tampa Shafter Determines to "March on Santiago" The Affair of Las Guasimas Results of Las ...

The Spanish-American War
... War Spanish-American War Veteran's Card File (Record Group 19) Spanish-American War Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1898 (Record Group 19) Spanish-American War Veteran's Compensation File (Record Group 19) Return to... Military Records ...