Spanish-American War Backgrounder

On 10 November, NOUS Northwest historian/companion Floyd Kershner will lead a discussion and provide a video on the Spanish-American War of 1898.  Floyd’s presentation will be the keynote event for our annual Navy Birthday and Veteran’s Day brunch meeting to be held at Naval Station Everett.

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(Photo above NH 48619 USS Maine obtained from NHHC Website at https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/spanish-american-war/sinking-of-uss-maine/nh-48619-uss-maine.html)

If you want to get a head start on learning about this conflict, head over to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) website HERE where you can obtain some really good background information.

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(Photo above:  U. S. Marine Corps officers are pictured before a mess tent at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1898.  Image NH 52988 obtained from NHHC website at https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/us-people/r/reid-george-c/nh-52988.html)

Included in the link above, the NHHC’s Prewar Planning Module begins:  “An understanding of the Navy’s pre-war planning provides insight not only into the progress made by the United States Navy during the late nineteenth century, but into the global aspirations of American statesmen, naval theorists, and citizens. The successful planning for and execution of the war with Spain on the seas marks the evolution of the U.S. Navy into a mature and formidable naval service.”

Be sure to put Saturday, 10 November on your calendar and plan on learning about some important Naval and Marine Corp history!


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