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Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

United States Marines in the War with Spain

The United States Marines in the War with Spain. Bernard C. Nalty. 1959. 1961 reprint. 1967 rev. ed. 20 pp.

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/607750876)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How could a US Marine be mistaken for a member of the Salvation Army?
  • What was the state of the US Marine Corps on the eve of the War with Spain?
  • What actions preceded Spain’s declaration of war against the US?
  • How did lack of coordination between the Army and Navy affect the attack on Cuba?


A short account of the War with Spain/Spanish American War from the view of the US Marines. Told in somewhat dramatic style, it is documented with 28 footnotes taken from American and Spanish sources. The reception of a Marine battalion in New Hampshire at the end of the book might inspire similar post-conflict party scenes in stories of various genres and eras.

The last several pages of the PDF file are out of order.


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