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United States Revenue Cutter Service in the War With Spain, 1898: the official history (Coast Guard)

The United States Revenue Cutter Service in the War With Spain, 1898: the official history (Coast Guard) – http://www.uscg.mil/history/docs/USRCSSpanAmerWar1898.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What sort of duties did the Revenue Cutters have during the Spanish American War?
  • Where can I find a dramatic summary of the rescue of a naval vessel under heavy fire?
  • Where can I find first hand accounts of naval battles that took place during the Spanish American War?
  • How did the Cutter Service treat non-combatant shipping?

Description:

The Revenue Cutter Service was a forerunner of today’s US Coast Guard and played a role in the Spanish American War/War with Spain. From the introduction:

There were in cooperation with the Navy 13 revenue cutters, carrying 61 guns, 98 officers, and 562 enlisted men. Of these, 8 cutters (43 guns), 58 officers and 339 men were in Admiral Sampson’s fleet and on the Havana blockade; 1 cutter (6 guns), 10 officers and 95 men were in Admiral Dewey’s fleet at Manila and 4 cutters (12 guns), 30 officers and 128 men cooperated with the Navy on the Pacific Coast.

This 26 page book lists out all of the officers who served. It also contains reports from some of the Revenue Cutter captains as well as complimentary letters from the Army and Navy commanders they supported in the three areas mentioned above.

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