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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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Spanish-American War

1-217490 Barry, Quintin DISPUTED VICTORY: Schley, Sampson and the Spanish-American War of 1898 An account of the naval campaign of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the subsequent public controversy and Court of Inquiry. Includes 16 pages of b/w plates and six b/w maps.

In 1898, the United States went to war with Spain over the future of Cuba. The American navy had, in the preceding decade, been revived after years of neglect, and was much stronger than anything that the Spanish could bring against it. In the Philippines, Admiral George Dewey easily destroyed a weak Spanish squadron. A military invasion of Cuba was supported by the rest of the US Navy, under the command of Admiral William T Sampson. An important part of this force was the Flying Squadron, led by Commodore Winfield Scott Schley.

Meanwhile a Spanish squadron under Admiral Pascual Cervera sailed from Europe to the Caribbean and, after disappearing for some days, reached the port of Santiago de Cuba. Schley was the first on the scene; his movements were later to be severely criticized. When Sampson arrived with the rest of the fleet, a blockade of the port was instituted. In the end, Cervera was obliged to make an attempt to break out, but his squadron of four cruisers was overwhelmed and destroyed. During the battle on Sunday July 3, Schley was in effective command, as Sampson had gone ashore to confer with the army commander.

Although the Americans had won another easy victory, a bitter dispute arose between the respective supporters of Schley and Sampson as to who was entitled to the credit. Fanned by the popular press, the issue split the US Navy to the point where its morale was seriously affected. Matters came to a head with the publication of a book violently attacking Schley's conduct. He demanded a Court of Inquiry; this sat for 40 days at the Washington Navy Yard, presided over by Admiral Dewey. It was one of the great trials of American history, as the lawyers refought the campaign in minute detail.

In the end, the verdict went against Schley, though this was offset by a minority opinion from Dewey that he had indeed been in command and deserved the credit for the victory. This book explores the rights and wrongs of the conduct of those principally involved in a battle that marked the dawn of the American empire, and closely examines the dramatic proceedings of the Court of Inquiry. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPNAY
NEW-hardback, available late June 2018 ......$50.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-51920 Field, Ron SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898 6x9, part of the 'Brassey Uniform' series, over(150) b/w illust, new color artwork, a completeanalysis of the US/Spanish/Filipino forces. 1 vol, 144 pgs 1998 LONDON, BRASSEY'S
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2-68490 Linn, Brian McAllister PHILIPPINE WAR, THE:1889-1902 The only modern detailed treatment of military operations in the Philippines, 20+ b/w photos, 9b/w maps, chapter notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 427 pgs 2002 LAWRENCE, UNIV OF KANSAS
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